The Parole Board received a request from the representatives of Kelly Renee Gissendaner on Thursday, September 24, 2015, asking the Board reconsider its decision to deny clemency in the case. After carefully considering the request for reconsideration, and meeting with Gissendaner’s representatives again today, the Board has voted to let the decision of February 25, 2015, denying clemency stand.
Gissendaner was convicted of murder in 1998 for the February 1997 death of her husband, Douglas Gissendaner, and sentenced to death.
In reaching its decision, the Board thoroughly reviewed all information and documents pertaining to the case, including the latest information presented by Gissendaner’s representatives. To date, the Board has reviewed the parole case file on Gissendaner and three clemency applications in the case: the original application and two applications requesting the Board reconsider its decision to deny clemency. Gissendaner’s conviction and sentence have been upheld throughout the appeals process. Gissendaner’s appeal to the United States Supreme Court was denied on October 6, 2014.
Gissendaner is scheduled to die by lethal injection tonight, September 29, 2015, at 7 p.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.