Lisa Montgomery wanted a child, but was unable to have her own. In 2004, she strangled Bobbie Jo Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant. She cut out the baby and kidnapped it.
Four years later, Montgomery was sentenced to death by a jury. It is now clear that the execution will take place in Terre Haute, Indiana on December 8, according to Reuters.
She is then scheduled to receive a lethal poison injection, after losing all attempts to receive a milder punishment, according to The New York Times.
Reintroduced the death penalty last year
Montgomery, 52, will be the first 67-year-old woman to be executed federally by the US government.
Until July this year, it was about 17 years since someone was executed under federal auspices in the United States. Last year, the Trump administration decided that the practice should be reintroduced.
Montgomery will be the ninth person to be executed after the reintroduction of the death penalty last year. The first was Daniel Lewis Lee, who was executed this summer.
– The Ministry of Justice maintains the rule of law. We owe it to the victims and their families to enforce the law that our judicial system has provided, said US Attorney William Barr in a press release in July last year.
Changed poison formula
US President Donald Trump has repeatedly called for widespread use of the death penalty, especially against drug smugglers and shooters.
The reason why federal death sentences were put on hold in 2003 was controversy over the poison that was used.
Previously, a combination of three different drugs was used, which led to complications in several executions. Since last summer, however, only one poison is used, Pentobarbital.
This poison has been used at the state level in over 200 executions.
29 states in the United States practice the death penalty. Some states offer other methods such as the electric chair, poison gas and execution platoon, but only if the convict so requests.
16 women executed since 1972
As of April, more than 50 women were waiting to be executed, either state or federal, according to statistics The New York Times reports. Only 2 percent of all prisoners are on the death row.
Since 1972, 16 women have been executed under the auspices of US states.
One of these was Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute who killed six men in Florida. She was executed in 2002.
The last woman to be federally executed by the US government was Bonnie Heady, who was gassed to death in Missouri in 1953, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, writes the BBC.
Heady was sentenced to death after kidnapping and killing the son of a multimillionaire. The boy was six years old.
That same year, Ethel Rosenberg and her husband Julius were also executed using the electric chair, after being convicted of espionage in favor of the Soviet Union.
Should buy a puppy
American media writes that Lisa Montgomery in the spring of 2004 told her husband and friends that she was pregnant. This despite the fact that she was sterile, According to the verdict. Her husband was not aware of that.
Around the same time, Montgomery got in touch with Bobbie Jo Stinnet at a dog show. She is said to have expressed that she was interested in getting a dog. They must then have had contact via the internet.
With the pretext of buying a puppy, Montgomery traveled from Kansas and home to Stinnett, Missouri, according to the US Department of Justice.
There she strangled Stinnett and cut out the baby. Then she called her cohabitant and told her that she had given birth prematurely.
Police tracked down Montgomery after examining Bobbie Jo Stinnett’s computer. DNA tests confirmed that the baby did not belong to Montgomery.
The baby, a girl, survived. According to American media, she has not been shown visible physical injuries as a result of the dramatic way she came into the world.
The girl was reunited with her father, Zeb Stinnett, according to American media. In 2005, one year after the disturbing incident, Zeb took care of his daughter.
Montgomery’s lawyer, Kelly Henry, has repeatedly criticized the death sentence. She says that her client has a brain injury and that she was abused as a child, and had mental problems as a result, the newspaper writes.