The execution of Lisa Montgomery, the first death sentence in 67 years sanctioned by the federal government, and concerning the only woman currently present in the US on death row. This was decided by a court presided over by judge Patrick Hanlon, 8 days after the inauguration of Joe Biden, contrary to the death penalty.
The judge granted the suspension citing the need to assess Montgomery’s mental abilities. The execution was scheduled for today at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Lisa Montgomery was sentenced to death for strangling a 23-year-old Missouri woman in 2004, Bobbie Jo Stinnett, pregnant in the eighth month. After the murder he had extracted the little girl from her womb with a kitchen knife and kidnapped her, with the aim of making believe she was his daughter. The little girl survived.
The lethal injection was originally scheduled for December 8, but was suspended after one of the woman’s attorneys fell ill with Covid. The US Justice Department then set the new date for January 12, confirmed by the judges of the Washington DC Court of Appeals. But then Hanlon granted the woman’s defense petition.
Federal executions in the US remained blocked for 17 years, but President Donald Trump has ordered their reopening in 2020 and in the last months of his presidency he has “supervised” 10 executions.
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