Green light for the execution of Lisa Montgomery, the only woman waiting on death row. The execution was scheduled for December 2020, but then a suspension came after his lawyers said he contracted Covid-19 following a visit to Montgomery at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. The date was then moved to January 12, although the detainee’s lawyers announced an appeal. If executed, Montgomery will be the first female inmate to be executed in nearly 70 years and the sentence will be carried out within days of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, who has pledged to abolish the federal death penalty.
Convicted of strangling a pregnant woman to steal her baby
Lisa Montgomery was sentenced to death for strangling an 8-month pregnant woman, Bobbie Jo Stinnett, in 2004, in Missouri, before giving her a caesarean section and kidnapping her baby with the aim of making it seem like her son. The defense lawyers had asked to turn the sentence of the woman into life imprisonment without the possibility of parole by relying on mental illness: “Given the severity of Ms. Montgomery’s mental illness, the sexual and physical torture she suffered throughout her life and the connection between her trauma and the facts of her crime, we appeal to President Trump to grant her mercy and commute her sentence to life in prison. ” But the execution was confirmed.
The last woman executed in the US in 1953
The last woman to be executed in the United States, according to the US Bureau of Prisons records, was Bonnie Heady, in 1953, in Missouri. Federal executions were frozen for 17 years before the Supreme Court gave the green light to the Trump administration to restore them last year.