CRIME

Ga. woman nearing execution: state parole board lets stand a decision denying her clemency

FILE -In this Tuesday, July 6, 2004, file photo, Kelly Gissendaner, the only woman on Georgia's death row, peers through the slot in her cell door as a guard brings her a cup of ice at Metro State Prison in Atlanta. Gissendaner's lawyers, on Monday, March 2, 2015, asked the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles to reconsider her request to have her sentence changed to life in prison. Gissendaner, 46, is set for execution at 7 p.m. (0200 GMT) at the state prison. Gissendaner was convicted of murder in the February 1997 stabbing death of her husband. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bita Honarvar, File)

FILE -In this Tuesday, July 6, 2004, file photo, Kelly Gissendaner, the only woman on Georgia's death row, peers through the slot in her cell door as a guard brings her a cup of ice at Metro State Prison in Atlanta. Gissendaner's lawyers, on Monday, March 2, 2015, asked the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles to reconsider her request to have her sentence changed to life in prison. Gissendaner, 46, is set for execution at 7 p.m. (0200 GMT) at the state prison. Gissendaner was convicted of murder in the February 1997 stabbing death of her husband. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bita Honarvar, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles says it is standing by its decision to deny clemency to a woman set to be executed Monday evening.

The board denied clemency last week for Georgia's only woman on its death row, Kelly Renee Gissendaner. The board says in a statement Monday afternoon that, after careful consideration, it has voted to let its Feb. 25 decision stand.

Gissendaner's lawyers had submitted a last-minute motion asking the board to reconsider.

Barring a last-minute court reprieve, Gissendaner was scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 7 p.m. at the state prison in Jackson. Prosecutors said she plotted with her boyfriend, Gregory Owen, who stabbed Douglas Gissendaner to death in February 1997.

Owen pleaded guilty and was sentenced to serve life in prison. He will be eligible for parole in eight years.