Please keep in mind that this blog often has comments and statements directly from the women on death row. Statements of grief, statements of innocence, statements of regret and sorrow. If bearing audience to these women's feelings, my opinions or those of commenters offends you please do not read on.
Woman On Death Row Asks For Mercy - Nashville News Story - WSMV Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The first woman on Tennessee's death row is asking the state Supreme Court for mercy because she says she suffered from "battered-wife syndrome."

However, prosecutors said Gaile Owens prevented her own lawyers from making that argument at her trial.
The state has asked the court to set a date for Owens' execution after she hired someone to kill her husband in 1986. Owens wants the sentence reduced to life in prison.
In a response filed by the state Tuesday, prosecutors said Owens refused to undergo the mental evaluation her defense requested to prove a battered wife defense.
She also refused to testify in either the guilt phase or the penalty phase.

She did stop her attorneys from filing a battered woman argument at the original trial stating that she didn't want her sons to know that their father was an abuser. I guess she has changed her mind. Her son has a blog, http://www.hewilldeliver.com/, where he talks of visiting her for the first time only recently and that they did not talk of his fathers murder.