Kelly Gissendaner reportedly sang “Amazing Grace” up until the moment she was given a lethal injection by the State of Georgia on Wednesday. Gissendaner, whose execution was postponed after the lethal injection she was to be given in February was problematic, had expressed regret and sorrow over the death of her husband. She took the blame for his 1997 murder, saying he was an “amazing man who died because of me,” though she did not kill him directly. Another man physically committed the murder.
During his visit to America Pope Francis, through Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, had asked that Georgia “commute the sentence to one that would better express both justice and mercy.” The Pope called for this despite “sympathizing with the victims.” Gissendaner was 47. She had three children.