World News – AU – Lisa Montgomery: The execution of a single woman on US death row may come, judges believe

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Lisa Montgomery strangled a young pregnant woman to death and cut out her baby with a kitchen knife in 2004.

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The only woman on death row in the United States to be executed after a court overruled a decision delaying her death.

Lisa Montgomery, 52, was convicted of strangling 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant, and of cutting out her baby with a kitchen knife in 2004.

The baby survived the attack, and prosecutors said Montgomery took the child and tried to pass it off as her own.

She should be on Aug.. She was executed by lethal injection on December 12 in Terre Haute, Indiana, but a stay was set up after her attorneys contracted COVID-19 while visiting her in prison.

On Boxing Day, Judge Randolph Moss cleared an order from the Federal Bureau of Prisons to suspend her death for Jan.. Postponed January after sided with her lawyers, who said no date could be set during a stay. He said an appointment couldn’t be made before Jan.. January to be postponed.

However, on Friday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit concluded that the lower court judge postponed the mistake date and resumed the execution.

A Montgomery attorney Meaghan VerGow said her team would ask the entire appeals court to review the case.

Her legal team has argued that after years of physical and mental abuse, she suffers from severe mental illness.

The new ruling means that Montgomery is now one week ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan.. January can be executed.

Mr Biden is against the death penalty and its spokesman has said he will work to end its use. However, he did not say whether he would stop federal executions after he was sworn in.

Montgomery will be the first woman in more than 70 years to face a federal execution.

The last, Bonnie Heady, was executed in a gas chamber in 1953 after she kidnapped and shot six-year-old Bobby Greenlease. She then received a ransom of 600. $ 000 (equivalent to $ 5). 7 million or 4 pounds. 08m today).

Other women were executed, but under state executions, not by the federal courts, as were Montgomery and Greenlease.

The administration of President Donald Trump resumed federal executions in July after a 17-year hiatus and has since carried out 10 death sentences, including two in December.

In more than 130 years, more people were executed in one year than in any other administration.

Two other federal inmates are also due to be killed this month, but tested positive for coronavirus around Christmas, prompting their legal teams to also request a stay of execution.

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