… With 2 other execution scheduled for January 14 and 15, 2021
Days to the end of Donald Trump’s administration, US Government executed Lisa Montgomery, the only female inmate on Federal death row.
Montgomery was pronounced dead at exactly 01:31 am (6:31 GMT) after receiving the pentobarbital lethal injection at a Terre Haute prison in Indiana on Wednesday.
Montgomery was convicted for the murder of a 23-year-old pregnant woman, Bobbie Jo Stinnett.
Montgomery reportedly strangled her victim to death and cut out her eight month foetus in December, 2004.
She became the first female federal inmate to be executed by the US government in 67 years.
According to the information obtained from BBC, “Montgomery’s lawyer, Kelley Henry, said that everyone who had participated in the execution ‘should feel shame’.
“The government stopped at nothing in its zeal to kill this damaged and delusional woman,” she said in a statement. “Lisa Montgomery’s execution was far from justice.”
Montgomery’s lawyers tried in vein to convince the US government that she was psychotic and out of touch with reality at the time she committed the crime.
In support of the claim, “Her lawyers argued that she had been born brain-damaged and was too mentally ill to be executed.
“As a child she was routinely sexually and physically abused by her father and trafficked by her mother, family members said. Her treatment was so violent that it amounted to torture, her lawyers say,” BBC reports.
The family and friends of the victim have been in support of the execution as they claimed that Montgomery deserves to die for her horrific crime.
However, human rights activists have been campaigning against the capital law.
The Trump-led administration revived the 17-year paused Federal execution in 2020 with the execution of Daniel Lee, 47.
The two Federal inmates scheduled for execution before the end of Donald Trump’s administration are:
- Cory Johnson was convicted for the murder of seven people, related to his involvement with the drug trade in Richmond, Virginia. Johnson’s legal team has argued that he suffers from an intellectual disability, related to physical and emotional abuse he experienced as a child. His execution is scheduled for 14 January.
- Dustin John Higgs was convicted in the 1996 kidnapping and murder of three young women in the Washington, DC area. Higgs did not kill any of his victims, but instructed his co-defendant Willis Haynes to do so. Haynes has said in court documents that Higgs did not threaten him, or force him to shoot. Higgs is scheduled for execution on 15 January.