The Trump administration on Wednesday executed convicted murderer Lisa Montgomery after the Supreme Court paved way for the application of a death penalty, marking the ruling as the first time the US government has implemented the sentence for a female prisoner since 1953.
Montgomery has become the only woman on a death row in the United States who doctors say is brain-damaged and mentally ill.
The Supreme Court’s ruling comes after challenges were fought in multiple federal courts on whether to allow execution of Montgomery who had initially been scheduled to be killed by lethal injections of pentobarbital, a powerful barbiturate, at 6 p.m. EST (2300 GMT) on Tuesday in the Justice Department’s execution chamber at its prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Montgomery’s lawyer Kelley Henry called the pending execution “vicious, unlawful, and unnecessary exercise of authoritarian power.”
“No one can credibly dispute Mrs. Montgomery’s longstanding debilitating mental disease – diagnosed and treated for the first time by the Bureau of Prisons’ own doctors,” Henry said in a statement.
Victoria Jo Stinnett, the newborn baby of slain mother Bobbie Jo Stinnett of Maryville, Mo., is seen in this image taken from video in December 2004. File picture: MSNBC/AP
Montgomery was convicted in 2007 in Missouri for kidnapping and strangling Bobbie Jo Stinnett, then eight months pregnant. Montgomery cut Stinnett’s foetus from the womb. The child survived.
Some of Stinnett’s relatives have traveled to witness Montgomery’s execution, the Justice Department said.
Source: BBC News