Nov. 12 (UPI) — The attorneys for a lady on loss of life row for killing a pregnant Missouri girl and stealing her child sued for a keep of execution Thursday after they are saying they caught COVID-19 whereas touring to satisfy with their consumer.
Lisa Montgomery, 52, of Kansas, is about to be executed Dec. eight on the U.S. Penitentiary Terre Haute, Ind. She’s certainly one of a number of loss of life row inmates set to be put to loss of life this yr after the U.S. Justice Division resumed federal executions this summer season.
Montgomery was sentenced to loss of life in 2007 for the 2004 loss of life 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 lady, who was eight months pregnant, then reduce the infant from her physique. Montgomery tried to go the new child off as her personal.
Police later recovered the infant and returned her secure to her father.
Montgomery’s attorneys have visited her a number of instances because the federal authorities scheduled her execution in October, touring from Nashville to Fort Value, Texas, by air and making use of rental vehicles and lodges.
Montgomery is housed at Federal Medical Heart Carswell, however could be transferred to the ability at Terre Haute if her execution proceeds.
Three days after their Nov. 2 go to, lawyer Amy Harwell grew to become unwell with COVID-19 signs and fellow lawyer Kelley Henry misplaced her sense of odor.
“Each have since examined optimistic for the virus and are experiencing debilitating signs, together with overwhelming fatigue, complications, chills, sweats, gastro-intestinal misery, incapability to focus, and impaired pondering and judgment. They’ve been ordered by their medical doctors to strictly quarantine,” a launch saying the lawsuit stated.
They’ve sued, asking for a preliminary injunction staying Montgomery’s execution as they get better from their diseases.
Cornell Regulation College’s Worldwide Human Rights Clinic, which is representing Montgomery, stated the pandemic has made it tough for her attorneys to do the investigations vital to offer her efficient counsel within the final weeks earlier than her scheduled execution.
“Mrs. Montgomery’s attorneys can not symbolize her as a result of they’re severely unwell, by no fault of their very own. Quite the opposite, they’re sick as a result of Defendant [Attorney General William] Barr recklessly scheduled Mrs. Montgomery’s execution in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. However for Barr’s motion, counsel wouldn’t have been stricken with the illness that’s ravaging the nation. However the pandemic impacts greater than counsel. Due to COVID-19, the specialists aware of her case can not assess her psychological state and subsequently can not take part within the clemency course of,” the lawsuit says.
Barr resumed federal executions in July after a 17-year hiatus. Daniel Lewis Lee, Wesley Purkey and Dustin Honken had been executed in July; Lezmond Mitchell and Keith Dwayne Nelson in August; and William LeCroy and Vialva in September.
A number of of the inmates tried to have their executions delayed due to the pandemic, however had been unsuccessful.
On Wednesday, a whole bunch of supporters, anti-domestic violence teams and prosecutors despatched letters to President Donald Trump asking him to commute Montgomery’s loss of life sentence. They stated she must be spared the loss of life penalty as a result of she has extreme psychological sickness after experiencing bodily, emotional and sexual abuse as a baby. They stated her mom trafficked her as a teen.