Kelly Gissendaner executed despite papal appeal, 11th-hour clemency bid

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Death row inmate Kelly Renee Gissendaner is seen in an undated picture from the Georgia Department of Corrections. Gissendaner, sent to Georgia's death row for the murder of her husband, was twice scheduled to die by lethal injection. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Georgia Department of Corrections/Handout via Reuters

Death row inmate Kelly Renee Gissendaner is seen in an undated picture from the Georgia Department of Corrections. Gissendaner, sent to Georgia's death row for the murder of her husband, was twice scheduled to die by lethal injection. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Georgia Department of Corrections/Handout via Reuters

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ATLANTA — The pope called for commuting to better reflect "justice and mercy." The clemency board disagreed and Gissendaner, who had studied theology during her prison years, was executed by lethal injection.