Lisa Montgomery, the woman convicted of a crime perpetrated in 2004 – in which she murdered a pregnant woman and took her eight-month-old baby from her womb – was executed on Wednesday. He received a lethal injection in a prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, after the Supreme Court of the United States lifted a last-minute suspension issued that same day by Judge James Hanlon. She is the first woman to face federal execution in the US since 1953.
Montgomery, 52, had been convicted of the murder of 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett. In December 2004, Montgomery – 36 years at the time – strangled her and then proceeded to remove the baby. The woman bled to death. The baby, a girl, survived.
Since 2008, Montgomery has been held in a federal prison for inmates with special medical and psychological needs in Texas. He was on suicide watch, in an isolated cell.
“Ms. Montgomery’s current mental state is so detached from reality that she cannot rationally understand the government’s motive for executing her,” Judge Hanlon had argued. His lawyer, Meaghan VerGow, had argued that he suffered from serious mental disorders after being abused during his childhood.