MISSION, Kan. –A Kansas state judge suspended late Monday the execution of Lisa Montgomery who killed a pregnant Missouri woman before disemboweling her, taking the child and passing it off as her own.
No woman in federal custody has been executed in the United States for 67 years.
Judge Patrick Hanlon explained his decision to stay the execution by the need to better determine the mental state of Lisa Montgomery who was to receive the death penalty on Tuesday at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana.
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 who 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 lawyers argued at trial that her childhood sexual abuse created a mental illness in her.
Lisa Montgomery was to be executed on December 8. The proceedings were suspended after her lawyer contracted COVID-19 while visiting her in prison.
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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