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Death row US woman asks for huge meal before execution


Washington: A meal to die for! A death row US woman, convicted for killing her husband, has submitted a lengthy list for her last feast before execution — from cheeseburgers to cherry vanilla ice cream — she wants it all. Kelly Renee Gissendaner, 46, will become the first woman to be executed in seven decades in the US state of Georgia when she receives a lethal injection on February 25.

Gissendaner, the state’s only woman on death row, has requested two cheeseburgers, two large orders of fries, cornbread with a side of buttermilk, popcorn, lemonade and a salad with boiled eggs, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, carrots, cheese and buttermilk dressing. She also wants a cherry vanilla ice cream for dessert, prison officials were quoted as saying by New York Daily News.

Gissendaner, 46, has been given the death penalty for orchestrating a particularly brutal death for her husband, Douglas Gissendaner, in 1997. A jury found the murderous spouse persuaded her boyfriend, Gregory Owen, to kidnap her husband at knifepoint, club him in the back of the head and stab him to death in a rural stretch of woods while she went dancing with her girlfriends.

They later torched his car and left his corpse face down among the trees to be chewed by wild animals. Gissendaner planned to pay off her house with insurance money from her husband’s death and she was ticked off when she realised he had never taken out a policy, friends testified.

Owen flipped on his former lover and was sentenced to 25 years. Gissendaner was convicted in 1998 and the jury recommended she be put to death. The US Supreme Court refused to hear hear appeal in 2014.