Homicide

Georgia postpones its 1st execution of a woman in 70 years after concerns about injection drug

  • Death penalty opponents gather on the steps of the State Capitol in Atlanta, Ga., Monday, March 2, 2015 to protest the death penalty and the planned execution of Kelly Gissendaner. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ben Gray)

    Death penalty opponents gather on the steps of the State Capitol in Atlanta, Ga., Monday, March 2, 2015 to protest the death penalty and the planned execution of Kelly Gissendaner. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ben Gray)  (The Associated Press)

  • Michael Patter, senior minister at Central Congregational United Church of Christ, prays silently during a vigil for Kelly Gissendaner and protest against the death penalty Monday, March 2, 2015, on the steps of the State Capitol. Patter said he is scheduled to preside over Gissendaner's memorial service after she is executed. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ben Gray)

    Michael Patter, senior minister at Central Congregational United Church of Christ, prays silently during a vigil for Kelly Gissendaner and protest against the death penalty Monday, March 2, 2015, on the steps of the State Capitol. Patter said he is scheduled to preside over Gissendaner's memorial service after she is executed. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ben Gray)  (The Associated Press)

  • 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 was scheduled to be executed Monday, March 2, 2015, but citing concerns about the drug to be used in a lethal injection, corrections officials in Georgia postponed Gissendaner's execution for the second time in a week. (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 was scheduled to be executed Monday, March 2, 2015, but citing concerns about the drug to be used in a lethal injection, corrections officials in Georgia postponed Gissendaner's execution for the second time in a week. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bita Honarvar, File)  (The Associated Press)

Citing concerns about the drug to be used in a lethal injection, Georgia corrections officials postponed the execution of the state's only female death row inmate for the second time in a week.

Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gwendolyn Hogan says the execution drug was sent to an independent lab to check its potency and the test came back at an acceptable level, but during subsequent checks it appeared cloudy. Corrections officials called the pharmacist and decided to postpone Kelly Renee Gissendaner's Monday night execution "out of an abundance of caution." No new date was given.

Forty-six-year-old Gissendaner was scheduled to be executed at 7 p.m. for the 1997 slaying of her husband, Douglas Gissendaner.

She was originally set to die Feb. 25, but officials delayed the execution until Monday because of projected winter weather.