Jan. 13 (UPI) — Lisa Montgomery, the one lady on federal dying row, was executed by deadly injection early Wednesday for the 2004 killing of a pregnant lady.
Montgomery, 52, was pronounced useless at 1:31 a.m. on the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., making her the primary particular person executed by the federal authorities in 2021 and the 11th because the Trump administration resumed federal executions following a 17-year-hiatus final 12 months.
“The craven bloodlust of a failed administration was on full show tonight,” Kelley Henry, Montgomery’s legal professional, stated in a press release. “Everybody who participated within the execution of Lisa Montgomery ought to really feel disgrace.”
Montgomery’s dying adopted a flurry of litigation on Tuesday that culminated within the Supreme Court docket close to midnight clearing the best way for her execution by vacating one keep and denying the petition for one more that Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan stated they’d have granted.
Montgomery’s authorized group had argued for the keep, saying their consumer, who was a sufferer of sexual abuse, was mentally unfit, making her execution unconstitutional.
“Nobody disagrees that Mrs. Montgomery was the sufferer of unspeakable torture and intercourse trafficking. Nobody can credibly dispute Mrs. Montgomery’s longstanding debilitating psychological illness — identified and handled for the primary time by the Bureau of Prisons’ personal docs,” Henry stated. “Our Structure forbids the execution of an individual who’s unable to rationally perceive her execution. The present administration is aware of this. They usually killed her anyway.”
Montgomery was sentenced to dying in 2007 for the 2004 killing of Bobbie Joe Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant. Montgomery, having visited the Stinnett dwelling purportedly to buy a pet, strangled her sufferer and lower the unborn child from her physique with a purpose to cross if off as her personal.
The feminine toddler was later returned to her father unhurt.
In October, the Justice Division introduced it had scheduled Montgomery’s execution for Dec. 8, however the day was moved to Tuesday after two of her attorneys have been identified with COVID-19.