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Georgia Calls Off Woman's Execution Over 'Cloudy' Drug

No new date set for Gissendaner execution
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 2, 2015 10:59 PM CST
Updated Mar 3, 2015 2:00 AM CST
Georgia Calls Off Woman's Execution Over 'Cloudy' Drug
Michael Patter, senior minister at Central Congregational United Church of Christ, prays silently during a vigil for Kelly Gissendaner on the steps of the state Capitol.   (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ben Gray)

(Newser) – Corrections officials have postponed Georgia's first execution of a woman in 70 years, citing problems with the lone drug that would be used for the lethal injection. The only drug used in Georgia executions is pentobarbital. A Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman says the drug appeared cloudy, so officials called a pharmacist. Then, out of an "abundance of caution," they decided to postpone the execution of 46-year-old Kelly Renee Gissendaner. They did not give a new date. Last week, her execution was delayed by winter weather. (Read more Georgia stories.)

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