US to carry out first federal execution of woman in seven decades

The US Department of Justice announced Friday that it had scheduled the first federal execution of a woman in nearly 70 years, setting December 8 as the date for the killing of Lisa Montgomery, convicted of murder in 2004 In 2007, a US District Court in the Western District of Missouri sentenced Montgomery to death after convicting her of a federal kidnapping resulting in death.

His lawyer, Kelley Henry, said that “ Montgomery deserved to live because she suffered from mental illness and abuse as a child “. Montgomery, was convicted of strangling a pregnant woman, Bobbie Jo Stinnett, 23, with a rope before using a carving knife to remove the fetus from the womb in Missouri. The baby, Victoria Jo Stinnett, survived the attack and is now 16 years old.

Montgomery will be executed by lethal injection at the US penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, the department said in a statement. ” Lisa Montgomery has long accepted full responsibility for her crime and she will never leave prison Henry said in a statement. ” But his severe mental illness and the devastating effects of his childhood trauma make his execution a deep injustice. “. The last woman to be executed by the U.S. government was Bonnie Heady, who was executed in a gas chamber in Missouri in 1953, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

Bonnie Heady, the last woman executed in a gas chamber in Missouri in 1953

Friday, the Department of Justice also scheduled an execution on December 10 for Brandon Bernard, who with his accomplices had assassinated two ministers of youth in 1999. These two executions will be the eighth and ninth that the federal government will have carried out in 2020. Bernard’s attorney, Robert Owen, said in a statement that the federal government misled the US District Court jury for the Western District of Texas, who in 2000 found Bernard guilty of murder.

His decision was marred by false testimony, said the lawyer ” This evidence confirms that Mr. Bernard is simply not one of the “worst of the worst” offenders to whom we reserve the death penalty, and that sparing his life would pose no risk to anyone. “, Owen said.

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Since the Trump accession, the US Administration has ended a 17-year (2003) informal hiatus in federal executions last July, after announcing last year that the Bureau of Prisons was moving to a new protocol for lethal injections.

The new protocol reignited long-standing legal challenges over lethal injections. Since July, seven federal detainees have been executed. Daniel Lewis Lee 56-year-old member of the white supremacist group Aryan Peoples Republic convicted of the 1996 murder of an arms dealer of his wife and daughter was the first to be executed on July 14 in Terre Haute prison in Indiana.

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