Lisa Montgomery is the only woman on death row in a US federal prison. She murdered a pregnant woman and abducted her baby.
In the United States, there is currently only one woman awaiting execution in federal prison: Lisa Montgomery. While President-elect Joe Biden wants to abolish the death penalty at the federal level, the Trump administration is apparently doing everything it can to execute a few candidates awaiting execution. In the past few months of Trump’s presidency, ten death sentences have been carried out at the federal level, more than ever in a year. Lisa Montgomery would also be the first woman since 1953 to be executed by the government.
Montgomery should have been executed on December 8, but the date was postponed by a judge after the woman’s attorneys tested positive for the coronavirus and were unable to visit her client at the Terre Haute, Indiana detention center.
A group of three appellate judges now ruled on Friday that the judge had ruled wrong in overriding the execution date. This is reported by CNN, among others. The new date is now set for January 12th, a few days before Joe Biden is sworn in.
The woman’s lawyers want to keep trying to prevent the execution. Her client’s sentence should be converted into life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, so the request to President Trump.
Lisa Montgomery was convicted of the murder of a pregnant woman in 2004. She had strangled the woman, cut her stomach open and abducted the baby. The infant survived the act.
The Trump administration had also opened the way for additional execution methods at the end of November: in future, in addition to death by lethal injection, it also wanted to allow other methods of execution such as shootings, the electric chair or the use of deadly gas. This emerged from the amendment to a regulation for the execution of the death penalty for offenders convicted at the federal level, which was published in the official gazette of the federal government at the end of November.