Mar 03

Execution of Georgia woman postponed; problem with drug

<!– google_ad_section_start –> JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — Georgia postponed its first execution of a woman in 70 years late Monday because of concerns approximately the drug to be used in the lethal injection.<!– –>The pentobarbital was sent to an independent lab to check its potency & the test came back at an acceptable level, yet during subsequent checks it appeared cloudy, Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gwendolyn Hogan said. Corrections officials called the pharmacist & decided to postpone the execution “out of an abundance of caution,” she said. No new date was given.Pentobarbital is the only drug used in Georgia executions. For other recent executions, the state has gotten the drug from a compounding pharmacy, yet officials did not immediately respond late Monday when asked if that was the source in this case. Georgia law prohibits the release of any identifying information approximately the source of execution drugs or any entity involved in an execution.Kelly Renee Gissendaner was scheduled to be executed at 7 p.m. at the prison in Jackson for the February 1997 slaying of her husband, Douglas Gissendaner. The execution was put on hold while officials waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to either grant or deny a stay requested by her lawyers. The court had still not ruled more than five hours later.Her lawyers were seeking a delay pending a U.S. …

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