Days after Pope Francis urged the world during his U.S. visit to end capital punishment, several U.S. inmates faced execution, including one who was put to death early Wednesday.
Kelly Renee Gissendaner became the first woman to be executed in Georgia in 70 years. She was pronounced dead after lethal injection at a state prison in Jackson.
Five others had imminent execution dates, but at least two received last-minute reprieves Wednesday -- one in Oklahoma, one in Virginia. A federal judge lifted the stay on the Virginia execution Thursday afternoon, however.
On Wednesday, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin granted a 37-day stay to Richard Glossip, delaying his lethal...