Lisa Montgomery became the first woman in nearly six decades to be sentenced to death in the United States, serving her sentence in a correctional facility in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Montgomery, 52, was declared dead at 1:31 am local time (6:31 GMT) and with her, there are already 11 people executed in that prison after the capital punishment at the federal level was resumed under the presidency of Donald Trump.
The execution by lethal injection came after the Supreme Court lifted the suspension that a federal court had ordered just hours earlier over concerns about the deteriorating mental health of the convict.
“Our Constitution prohibits the execution of a person who cannot rationally understand that execution … The current administration knows this. And they killed her anyway, “denounced a lawyer for Lisa Montgomery, the first woman executed at the federal level in more than six decades https://t.co/9au245BnYC
– Carlos Montero (@CMonteroOficial)
January 13, 2021
Montgomery’s defense attorney, Kelley Henry, expressed her disappointment at the court decision and claimed that the federal government had violated the Constitution and federal laws.
He added that “the cowardly bloodlust of a failed Administration manifested itself tonight. Everyone who participated in the execution of Lisa Montgomery should be ashamed.”
Montgomery strangled 23-year-old pregnant Bobbie Jo Stinnett in 2004 in the city of Skidmore, Missouri, to cut open her belly with a knife and take her baby, an act of which she admitted her guilt and was convicted in 2007 .