* Joe Biden has said that he wants to eliminate the federal death penalty.
* Justice Department officials said Montgomery will be executed by the state at Terre Haute Penitentiary in Indiana
USA, January 3, 2020.- On Friday, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled that the execution of Lisa Montgomery can continue, after a series of suspensions in search of the pardon for his brutal crime.
Barring any successful last-minute appeal, Montgomery, 52, will become the first federal inmate executed in nearly 70 years on January 12.
Montgomery’s attorney says the crime was “the direct result of her mental illness and trauma” and says Montgomery was repeatedly raped by her stepfather and first husband and has brain damage and multiple mental illnesses. His attorney plans to ask the full circuit court to reconsider the ruling.
Given all that we know about Lisa Montgomery’s mental illness, her life of horrible torture and trauma, and the many people in positions of authority who might have stepped in to save her but never did, there can be no reason in principle to lead carried out his execution, ”attorney Meaghan VerGow said in a statement.
If Montgomery’s execution is carried out, it could be one of the last federal executions to take place for the foreseeable future. President-elect Joe Biden, who will take office a week after the execution, has said he wants to eliminate the federal death penalty.
The most recent federal execution of a death row inmate took place in 1953, when Bonnie Heady was executed after abducting and killing a 6-year-old Missouri girl.
Lisa Marie Montgomery is an American woman from Melvern, Kansas, convicted of the 2004 murder of Bobbie Jo Stinnett. Montgomery killed the pregnant Stinnett and then abducted the unborn child she was expecting by tearing it from her womb.1
Montgomery met Stinnett on a web chat called “Ratter Chatter.” Using the assumed name “Darlene Fischer,” Montgomery told Stinnett that she was pregnant, too. The two women chatted and exchanged emails about their pregnancies.
Montgomery then arranged a meeting at Stinnett’s house under the pretext of wanting to buy a terrier dog, since the victim was a breeder and seller of those pets.
On December 16, 2004, Montgomery strangled the eight-month-old pregnant woman with a pink cord at her home in Skidmore, Missouri, slit her belly, removed the fetus, and carefully cut the premature baby’s umbilical cord. She later tried to pass the girl off as her own daughter.
Stinnett was discovered by her mother, Becky Harper, in a pool of blood just an hour after the assault. Harper immediately called 911, describing his daughter’s injuries as if “her stomach had exploded.” Attempts by paramedics to revive her were in vain and she was pronounced dead at St. Francis Hospital in Maryville, Missouri.
In her hands she held a few strands of blond hair. Her mother explained that just an hour earlier she was telling her on the phone that she was expecting a visit from a Fairfax woman when she hung up to greet her.5
The next day, December 17, 2004, Montgomery was at her home when she was arrested.6 After Montgomery was captured by the police, the child Lisa abducted was recovered. Victoria Jo Stinnett was returned to the care of her father, Zeb Stinnett, who had gone out to work when his wife was murdered.
Montgomery’s crime was classified as a Federal Kidnapping Act, as she committed the kidnapping while crossing state lines.