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State Postpones Execution, Citing Issues With Drug

 Georgia halted a scheduled execution of the only woman on death row Monday night because of an issue with the lethal injection drug. 

Kelly Gissendaner was scheduled to die at 7 p.m. for the murder of her husband, but after nearly a four-hour delay, corrections officials said the execution would be postponed.

“The execution team performed the necessary checks. At that time, the drugs appeared cloudy,” Gwendolyn Hogan, the Department of Corrections spokeswoman, said.  

“The Department of Corrections immediately consulted with the pharmacist and in an abundance of caution, the inmate Gissendaner’s execution has been postponed,” she said.

She did not give a new date of the execution. 

Georgia uses one drug in its executions – pentobarbital. 

The state has a lethal injection secrecy law that passed in 2013, which allows for the provider of the drug to be kept secret. The law raised legal challenges, but the Georgia Supreme Court upheld the law last year.

Gissendaner would have been the first woman to be executed in Georgia in 70 years. 

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