The only woman on Georgia’s death row has submitted the list for her last meal ahead of her execution, which is scheduled for later this month. And it’s a rather lengthy one.
Between February 25 and March 4, Kelly Renee Gissendaner, 46, will become the first woman to be executed in seven decades in Georgia when she receives a lethal injection.
She has requested a last meal of cornbread with a side of buttermilk; two Burger King Whoppers with cheese; two large orders of fries; cherry vanilla ice cream; popcorn; a salad with boiled eggs, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, carrots, cheese and Newman’s Own buttermilk dressing; and lemonade. (Scroll down for the videos.)
1. Kelly Renee Gissendaner (below), 46, who was convicted of killing her husband in February 1997, is scheduled to be executed on a date between February 25 and March 4.
The meal will be consumed in the hours leading up to Gissendaner’s execution at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.
A rough calculation indicates that the food contains more than 4,200 calories.
Gissendaner was convicted of murdering her husband Douglas Gissendaner in February 1997. She was sentenced to death in November 1998 after being found guilty for persuading her boyfriend to kill her husband.
Gissendaner, who is incarcerated at the Arrendale State Prison, is the only female among the 84 inmates facing the death penalty in Georgia, according to a report by Georgia’s Department of Corrections released last year. She is to become the 14th woman executed in the state since 1735, according to the AJC.
2. She is Georgia’s only female death row inmate and will be the first woman in seven decades to be put to death.
3. Kelly Gissendaner was sentenced to death in November 1998 after she was found guilty for persuading her boyfriend, Gregory Bruce Owen, to kill her husband, Douglas Gissendaner (below). Douglas was kidnapped, stabbed repeatedly and beat before his car was set on fire with kerosene.
In 1997, Gissendaner was convicted of having her husband killed by her boyfriend and co-defendant Gregory Bruce Owen, with whom she was having an affair at the time.
Gissendaner told Owen’s sister that she was planning to separate from her husband, according to prosecutors.
Owen suggested that Gissendaner divorce her husband, but she said to kill him instead because she did not expect her husband to leave her alone after they separated.
Owen followed Gissendaner’s orders to kill Douglas while she was out at a nightclub with friends.
4. Gissendaner, who is incarcerated at Arrendale State Prison (below), is the only woman of 84 inmates facing the death sentence in the state, according to figures from Georgia’s Department of Corrections last year. She is set to be the 14th woman executed in Georgia since 1735.
Owen kidnapped Douglas, drove him to a remote area, where he killed him by repeatedly stabbing him in the neck and back and beating him with a baton. Douglas’ car was burned with kerosene, according to 11Alive.
The couple also stole Douglas’ watch and wedding ring to make it look like robbery was the motive in his murder.
Owen has been sentenced to life in prison. He avoided the death penalty after testifying against Gissendaner.
The last time a woman was executed in the state of Georgia was in March 1945 when Lena Baker was electrocuted after being convicted of murder for shooting her boss.
However, in 2005, Georgia pardoned her after agreeing with her family that Baker acted in self defense.
Under Georgia state law, only three offenses are punishable by death: murder, rape and kidnapping.
5. Twelve last meals of famous death row inmates — BuzzFeed.
6. An inmate’s last meal | Death Row: The Last 24 Hours — Discovery.
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