Jan. 12 (UPI) — The Supreme Courtroom late Tuesday cleared the best way for the one lady on federal dying 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 lady.
However because the hours tick by, the nation’s highest courtroom thought of appeals in a number of circumstances — together with two wherein Montgomery obtained stays of execution from decrease courts.
Shortly earlier than midnight, the Supreme Courtroom issued two orders — one denying a keep and the opposite lifting one.
Kelley Henry, Montgomery’s legal professional, rebuked the Supreme Courtroom’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 mentioned.
Earlier within the day, the U.S. Circuit Courtroom of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a keep in a case wherein her legal professionals mentioned the Justice Division violated the Federal Dying 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 have been recognized with COVID-19, which delayed the execution.
In one other ruling by the seventh U.S. Circuit Courtroom 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 dying underneath 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 mentioned 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 dying in 2007 for the 2004 dying of Bobbie Jo Stinnett. Prosecutors mentioned Montgomery visited Stinnett’s residence underneath the guise of buying a pet. As soon as there, although, she strangled the girl, who was eight months pregnant, then minimize the child from her physique. Montgomery tried to go the new child off as her personal.
Police later recovered the child and returned her protected to her father.
Montgomery’s supporters mentioned she must be spared the dying penalty as a result of she has extreme psychological sickness after experiencing bodily, emotional and sexual abuse as a baby. They mentioned her mom trafficked her as a young person.
If executed, Montgomery could be the primary particular person put dying 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 decide in Washington, D.C., blocked Johnson and Higgs’ executions as they’re each recovering from COVID-19.