“WOMB raider” Lisa Montgomery is hours away from being the first woman to be executed by the federal government in nearly 70 years.
Montgomery, 52, was convicted of strangling a pregnant woman to death, cutting off her baby and kidnapping the child in Missouri in 2004.
He is expected to receive a lethal injection on Tuesday unless President Donald Trump grants him a clemency.
Montgomery may make history as the last woman to be executed by the federal government, as incoming President Joe Biden has said he wants to end the death penalty.
Trump, on the other hand, has been a staunch supporter of capital punishment. The federal government under his administration executed 10 people in 2020 alone, more than all the states combined.
Only five states carried out executions in 2020, and only one, Texas, carried out more than one.
The federal government is set to carry out three more executions, Montgomery, as well as Cory Johnson and Dustin Higgs, before Trump leaves office on January 20.
Montgomery will be the fifth woman to be executed by the US government in history if Tuesday’s execution progresses.
The last woman to be executed by the government was Bonnie Heady, who died in a gas chamber in Missouri in 1953.
Montgomery was convicted of murder in the 2004 horrific attack on 23-year-old dog breeder Bobbie Jo Stinnett.
She reportedly pretended to be a pregnant woman named “Darlene Fischer” in order to bond with Stinnett, and went to his home pretending she wanted to buy a dog.
“Once inside the residence, Montgomery attacked and strangled Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant, until the victim lost consciousness,” the Justice Department said.
He then began cutting the victim’s abdomen, the Justice Department said. When Stinnett regained consciousness, Montgomery strangled her to death before taking the baby out.
The child miraculously survived and Montgomery tried to pass off the baby as his own, even telling her husband that she had given birth.
When they took Montgomery in, they returned the baby to his father. He is now 16 years old.
Montgomery’s legal team has insisted that she was not adequately represented in her previous trials, according to Metro.
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They argue that while her guilt is undeniable, her serious mental health problems and extreme sexual abuse as a child were not taken into account.
His legal team has asked Trump to grant him clemency.
The administration is not expected to comply, given its record with executions.