The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday night that Lisa Montgomery “belly plunderer” should be put to death, a day after a federal judge in Indiana suspended her execution due to her mental health condition.
the six votes against three, means Montgomery will become the first woman to be executed by the federal government in nearly 70 years.
The move comes eight days before President Trump, who has been executing for the past year, leaves office. President-elect Joe Biden categorically opposes the death penalty.
Federal Judge Judge Patrick Hanlon on Monday blocked Montgomery’s execution citing deteriorating mental health.
“As stated elsewhere in this order, Ms. Montgomery was diagnosed with physical brain impairment and multiple mental illnesses, and three experts are of the opinion that, based on the behavior and symptoms reported to them by the lawyer , Ms. Montgomery’s perception of reality is currently distorted and weakened, ”Hanlon wrote in her ruling.
Montgomery was originally scheduled to die by lethal injection on December 8, but in November, a federal judge temporarily blocked his execution after his lawyers contracted COVID-19 while visiting him at the federal correctional complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.
In 2007, Montgomery was convicted of the murder of Bobbie Jo Stinnett, 23, in Missouri. She strangled Stinnett with a rope before cutting it and running away with the baby.