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Family of Doug Gissendaner issues statement

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The Family of Douglas Morgan Gissendaner issued a statement in relation to Kelly Gissendaner's upcoming execution. Kelly Gissendaner, 47, was scheduled to die at 7 p.m. at the Georgia State Diagnostic Prison in Jackson, but her execution didn't happen.

Gissendaner has been on death row since being sentenced for the 1997 murder of her husband Doug Gissendaner.

"Doug is the true victim of this pre-meditated and heinous crime," said the family in a statement emailed on March 4. "We, along with our friends and supporters and our faith, will continue fighting for Doug until he gets the justice he deserves no matter how long it takes."

At trial, prosecutors successfully showed that Kelly Gissendaner recruited her then boyfriend Gregory Owen to kill her husband. Owen testified against Kelly Gissendaner as part of a plea deal that allowed him to avoid the death penalty.

During the 1998 trial, prosecutors said that Gissendaner, a mother of three from Auburn, wanted her husband dead so she could profit from his life insurance policies and the couple's $84,000 house.

According to testimony, she dropped off Owen at her house the night of the murder. Owen forced Doug Gissendaner at knifepoint to drive to a remote area of eastern Gwinnett County, where Owen beat and stabbed him to death.

Several faith leaders delivered a letter to Gov. Nathan Deal Monday morning, asking that he halt the execution. The letter was signed by more than 400 Georgia faith leaders, organizers said. They also delivered boxes containing more than 41,000 signatures from people who want the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to commute Gissendaner's sentence to life in prison.

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