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Gissendaner's attorneys want full investigation into failed execution attempt

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The legal team for Kelly Gissendaner said that her constitutional rights were violated during a failed attempt to execute her on Mar. 2.

Gissendaner, 47, was scheduled to be executed after the 1997 murder of her husband, Doug Gissendaner.

However, the execution was put on hold after officials noticed that the lethal injection drug was cloudy. The execution that was scheduled for Mar. 2 was the second attempt after the first attempt was postponed due to weather. The Georgia Department of Corrections also admitted they didn't know on Mar. 2 if they were using drugs from the first or second attempt.

The Department of Corrections postponed Gissendaner's execution, along with the execution of a man named Brian Terrell, to investigate the failed attempt, but Gissendaner's attorneys said that's not enough. Her attorneys want a full investigation conducted by the courts.

Gissendaner's attorneys claim the state caused Gissendaner “immense mental anxiety” for more than 13 hours, adding that the Department of Corrections was indecisive on whether or not to move forward with the execution. They also said that Gissendaner was taken past the gurney where she would have been put to death twice, causing her “prolonged fear and uncertainty.”

Attorneys for Gissendaner want to know what caused the lethal injection drug to become cloudy and what's being done to ensure it won't happen again.

Gissendaner has been moved to Pulaski State Prison in Hawkinsville.

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