A convicted murderer who strangled an expectant mother in Missouri and cut the baby from her womb 16 years ago, became the first woman in nearly seven decades to be federally executed early Wednesday.
Lisa Montgomery’s execution came after the U.S. Supreme Court denied an effort by her defense attorneys to stay her execution based on her ability to understand her death sentence.
Montgomery, 52, was pronounced dead at 1:31 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a lethal injection at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. She was the 11th prisoner to receive a lethal injection there since July when President Trump, an ardent supporter of capital punishment, resumed federal executions following 17 years without one.
She was the first of the final three federal inmates scheduled to die before next week’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, who is expected to discontinue federal executions.
Kelley Henry, Montgomery’s attorney, blamed the Trump administration’s “bloodlust” for her execution.
“The craven bloodlust of a failed administration was on full display tonight. Everyone who participated in the execution of Lisa Montgomery should feel shame,” she said in a statement. “The government stopped at nothing in its zeal to kill this damaged and delusional woman. Lisa Montgomery’s execution was far from justice.”
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