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For Immediate Release

Execution Date Set for Gwinnett County Murderer - Kelly Renee Gissendaner to be Executed on February 25

— The Gwinnett County Superior Court has ordered the execution of convicted murderer Kelly Renee Gissendaner. The court ordered the Georgia Department of Corrections to carry out the execution on a date between February 25 - March 4, 2015. Commissioner Homer Bryson has set the date for Wednesday, February 25, at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson at 7 p.m.

Gissendaner was convicted in 1998 for the murder of her husband Doug Gissendaner. If executed, Gissendaner will be the 35th inmate put to death by lethal injection.

Media interested in a picture of Gissendaner and a listing of her crimes may go to the GDC website (

The GDC has one of the largest prison systems in the U.S. and is responsible for supervising nearly 55,000 state prisoners and over 160,000 probationers.  It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 12,000 employees.


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