The only woman sentenced to death in the United States is to be executed today.
Lisa Montgomery, 52, is put to death by lethal injection at the Federal Correctional Complex of Terre Haute, Indiana mardi.
If she is put to death as scheduled, she will become the first woman to be executed federally in America in 70 years.
Montgomery was sentenced to death for the murder of 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett, very pregnant, in December 2004.
She drove 170 miles from her home in Kansas to the dog breeder’s house in Skidmore, Missouri under the guise of picking up a puppy.
But instead, she strangled her with a rope and used a knife to perform a makeshift cesarean before running away with the premature baby girl.
She was arrested after trying to pass off the child as her own in a conspiracy to secure custody of two of her four children.
Her computer records showed that she had researched Cesarean sections and ordered a birthing kit.
Montgomery’s attorneys argued that she was sexually assaulted and was mentally ill at the time of the crime.
They appealed for the death penalty and managed to delay the date from December 8 to January 12 after the engagement of its lawyers coronavirus visit him in prison.
Président Donald Trump was criticized for “rushing” five federal executions in the past few months before he was succeeded by Joe Biden.
Alfred Bourgeois and Brandon Bernard were executed within days of each other in December, with the cases of Cory Johnson and Dustin John Higgs still pending.
Previously, only three federal executions had taken place since 1988, when they were reinstated by the United States Supreme Court.
State executions continued, but federal executions remained rare.
President-elect Biden is opposed to the death penalty and says he plans to end the death penalty in the United States.