HIGH EARTH, Ind. – Lisa Montgomery, who killed a pregnant Missouri woman before disemboweling her, taking the child and passing it off as her own, was executed early Wednesday morning for the crimes at the Federal Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana .
She became the first woman in federal custody to receive the death penalty in the United States since 1953.
On Monday, a Kansas judge suspended the execution for the need to better determine Lisa Montgomery’s mental state. Hours later, that decision was overturned by the Supreme Court.
The lethal injection death of Lisa Montgomery, who was 52, was confirmed at 1:31 am Wednesday morning.
A little later, his lawyer, Kelley Henry, said in a statement that everyone involved in the execution of Lisa Montgomery should be ashamed.
Lisa Montgomery was determined to have left her farm property in Melvern, Kansas, driven her automobile some 275 kilometers to Skidmore, Missouri, to adopt a puppy of 23-year-old dog breeder Bobbie Jo Stinnett. years.
Instead, she strangled Ms Stinnett with a rope before performing the morbid Caesarean section and running away with the child. She was arrested the next day after showing the premature child, Victoria Jo, who is now 16 and has never spoken publicly about the tragedy.
The rope and knife used in the crimes were found in the accused’s car.
Lisa Montgomery’s attorneys argued at trial that her childhood sexual abuse created a mental illness in her. Instead, prosecution lawyers claimed that the accused had feigned mental illness and that the murder of Bobbie Jo Stinnett was meticulously prepared.
After a 17-year moratorium, executions of federal prisoners in the United States were again authorized last July in the United States. Opponents of the death penalty say executions were encouraged by President Donald Trump months before the November presidential elections in order to boost his image as a promoter of law and order.
President-elect Joe Biden opposes the death penalty.
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