(ANSA) – NEW YORK, 13 GEN – Lisa Montgomery, a Kansas woman who became the first to be subjected to capital punishment since 1953, was executed today with the lethal injection, the State Department reported
The execution had been suspended yesterday to allow a psychiatric examination of the woman, convicted of strangling a pregnant woman in Missouri and removing her baby.
The suspension had raised hope to prevent the death of Montgomery, 52, who was pronounced dead at 01:31 after receiving a lethal injection at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Montgomery was the 11th jailed person to receive the injection since July, when President Donald Trump, a staunch defender of the death penalty, resumed federal executions after 17 years.
Eyewitnesses said that when the curtain in the execution room was lifted, the woman seemed momentarily taken aback when she saw journalists watching her from behind thick glass.
“No,” Montgomery replied when asked if he wanted to say a few last words before the execution.
“Tonight the cowardly thirst for blood of a failed government was revealed,” said the lawyer for the convict, Kelley Henry, in a statement. “Everyone who participated in the execution of Lisa Montgomery should feel ashamed”
The lawyer stressed that “the government stopped at nothing in its efforts to kill this damaged and delusional woman”
“The execution of Lisa Montgomery was far from justice,” he added.
Montgomery was the first of three federal inmates to be executed prior to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20.
Local sources consider that the former Democratic vice president suspends federal executions
A federal judge in the District of Columbia suspended the executions of Corey Johnson and Dustin Higgs, scheduled for weekends, on Tuesday.
Montgomery had been convicted of killing 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett in the northwestern Missouri town of Skidmore in December 2004.
He used a rope to strangle the young woman, who was in her eighth month of pregnancy, and took the baby from her with a kitchen knife
Then he took the girl and tried to pass her off as his