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Execution delayed due to 'lethal injection problem'

Kelly Gissendaner has been on death row for 16 years
Kelly Gissendaner has been on death row for 16 years

Death row inmate Kelly Gissendaner was given a dramatic reprieve from execution in America last night, after she had downed a huge junk food meal that she thought would be her last.

Gissendaner's last meal included two Burger King Whoppers, two large orders of fries, cornbread, a salad drenched in buttermilk dressing, popcorn and cherry-vanilla ice cream.

The 46-year-old was sentenced to death for plotting the murder of her husband Douglas Gissendaner in 1997 after he was stabbed to death by her boyfriend, Gregory Owen.

The execution was delayed after the team due to carry out the procedure found fault with execution procedure, with Georgia state officials finding irreularities in the pentobarbital chemical they use to end the life of convicted criminals.

Campaigners are now hoping Gissendaner's fortunate escape will give them time to mount a fresh bid to see her removed from death row, but she still looks likely to be the first female executed in Georgia in 70 years.