Jan. 12 (UPI) — The Supreme Court docket late Tuesday cleared the way in which for the one girl on federal demise row to be executed.
Lisa Montgomery, 52, was scheduled to be executed by deadly injection Tuesday on the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., for the 2004 killing of a pregnant girl.
However because the hours tick by, the nation’s highest courtroom thought of appeals in a number of circumstances — together with two by which Montgomery obtained stays of execution from decrease courts.
Shortly earlier than midnight, the Supreme Court docket issued two orders vacating these stays, selections Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elean Kagan stated they’d have left in place.
Kelley Henry, Montgomery’s legal professional, rebuked the Supreme Court docket’s determination, stating “the craven bloodlust of a failed administration was on full show tonight.”
“Everybody who participated within the execution of Lisa Montgomery ought to really feel disgrace,” she stated.
Earlier within the day, the U.S. Circuit Court docket of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a keep in a case by which her attorneys stated the Justice Division violated the Federal Loss of life Penalty Act by rescheduling her execution after she obtained a keep in November.
She was initially set for execution on Dec. 8, however two of Montgomery’s attorneys who’d filed for clemency had been identified with COVID-19, which delayed the execution.
In one other ruling by the seventh U.S. Circuit Court docket of Appeals on Tuesday, a three-judge panel vacated a decrease courtroom’s keep issued Monday. In that case, her attorneys argued Montgomery wasn’t competent to be put to demise below the Structure.
“Mrs. Montgomery has mind injury and extreme psychological sickness that was exacerbated by the lifetime of sexual torture she suffered by the hands of caretakers,” Henry stated in an emailed assertion to UPI final week. “Mrs. Montgomery is mentally deteriorating and we’re looking for a chance to show her incompetence.”
Montgomery was sentenced to demise in 2007 for the 2004 demise of Bobbie Jo Stinnett. Prosecutors stated Montgomery visited Stinnett’s house below the guise of buying a pet. As soon as there, although, she strangled the girl, who was eight months pregnant, then reduce the child from her physique. Montgomery tried to go the new child off as her personal.
Police later recovered the child and returned her secure to her father.
Montgomery’s supporters stated she needs to be spared the demise penalty as a result of she has extreme psychological sickness after experiencing bodily, emotional and sexual abuse as a toddler. They stated her mom trafficked her as a youngster.
If executed, Montgomery can be the primary particular person put demise within the nation this yr. She’s one among three executions scheduled for this week, together with Corey Johnson on Thursday and Dustin Higgs on Friday.
On Tuesday, a federal choose in Washington, D.C., blocked Johnson and Higgs’ executions as they’re each recovering from COVID-19.