No appeal was high enough. The southern U.S. state executed its sole female death row inmate, Kelly Gissendaner, today by lethal injection, despite last-ditch legal efforts and an appeal by Pope Francis to save her life. It was the first time a woman died at the hands of the state in 70 years. She was convicted of murder after convincing her lover, Gregory Owen, to fatally stab her husband. Owen testified against Gissendaner in exchange for a deal, and will be eligible for parole in seven years.