Lady who murdered mum by cutting baby from womb to be executed
A lady sentenced for lethally choking a pregnant lady, cutting her body open and seizing her infant is planned to be the primary female prisoner put to death by the US government in over sixty years.
Lisa Montgomery is booked to be executed by deadly infusion on December 8 at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.
She would be the ninth government prisoner to kill since the Justice Department continued executions in July following an almost 20-year rest.
Montgomery was sentenced for slaughtering 23-year-old; Bobbie Jo Stinnett in the northwest Missouri town of Skidmore in December 2004.
Montgomery drove from her Kansas home to Stinnett’s house in Skidmore under the guise of adopting a rat terrier puppy, prosecutors said.
When the lady arrived at the home, Montgomery used a rope to strangle Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant; but Stinnett was conscious and trying to defend herself as Montgomery used a kitchen knife to cut the baby girl from the womb, authorities said.
Prosecutors said Montgomery removed the baby from Stinnett’s body; took the child with her, and attempted to pass the girl off as her own.
Montgomery’s lawyers argued that she had been suffering from delusions when she killed Stinnett; but a jury rejected her defence.
Her lawyers had also argued that she was suffering from pseudocyesis; which causes a woman to falsely believe she is pregnant and exhibit outward signs of pregnancy.
The Justice Department on Friday also scheduled the execution of a man convicted in the 1999 killing of two youth ministers in Texas.
Brandon Bernard, 40, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on December 10.
Bernard and his co-defendant, Christopher Vialva, were convicted in the 1999 kidnapping; and killing of Todd and Stacie Bagley; an Iowa couple who had stopped to use a payphone in Killeen, Texas.
The couple agreed to give Vialva and two others a ride, authorities said.
Vialva pulled out a gun, forced the couple into the trunk; and drove around for several hours, stopping at ATMs to withdraw cash and attempting to pawn the woman’s wedding ring; according to prosecutors.
Both the victims were shot in the head and placed in the trunk of their car; which then was set on fire.
Vialva was executed last month at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute.
The resumption of federal executions started July 14; with the execution of former white supremacist Daniel Lewis Lee.
From that point forward, six others have been killed and another man; Orlando Hall, is booked to be executed one month from now.
Hostile to capital punishment bunches state President Donald Trump; is pushing for executions during the mission season in an offer to polish a notoriety a peace chief.
Prior to the resumptions of executions this late spring; government specialists had executed only three detainees in the past 56 years.
Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer.
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