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Federal government executes murderess Lisa Montgomery


Lisa Montgomery, 52, was pronounced dead Wednesday at 1:31 p.m. EST after being executed by lethal injection

The only woman on federal death row was executed by lethal injection after a Supreme Court order at the eleventh hour removed all legal obstacles to the execution of her death sentence.

Lisa Montgomery, 52, was pronounced dead Wednesday at 1:31 p.m. EST at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. This could be the final federal execution under President Donald Trump.

Montgomery was convicted in 2007 in Missouri of the kidnapping and strangulation of Bobbie Jo Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant. Montgomery cut Stinnett's fetus out of the womb. The child survived.

Montgomery drove about 170 miles from her farmhouse in Melvern, Kansas, to the northwest town of Skidmore, Missouri, in 2004 under the guise of adopting a puppy from Stinnett, a 23-year-old dog breeder she met online.

She strangled Stinnett with a rope before performing a gross caesarean section and escaping with the baby.

She was arrested the next day after showing off premature baby Victoria Jo, who survived last month, turned 16 and did not speak publicly about the tragedy

Montgomery had requested a stay of execution because she was mentally ill.

Her lawyers blew up the execution last night in an emotional statement, saying, "The greedy bloodlust of a failed government was seen in full tonight."

Montgomery, who was executed early January 13, was convicted in 2007 in Missouri of the kidnapping and strangulation of 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett (pictured), who was eight months pregnant

She strangled Stinnett with a rope before performing a gross caesarean section and escaping with the baby (right)

Montgomery, who was executed early January 13th, was convicted in 2007 in Missouri of the kidnapping and strangulation of 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett (left), who was eight months pregnant. She strangled Stinnett with a rope before performing a gross caesarean section and escaping with the baby (right)

The Justice Department issued a new execution statement on January 13, informing Montgomery that her death sentence would be carried out on January 13

The Justice Department issued a new execution statement on January 13, informing Montgomery that her death sentence would be carried out on January 13

Lisa Montgomery was executed in the final days of the administration of US President Donald Trump, who pushed ahead with her execution despite a legal battle

Lisa Montgomery was executed in the final days of the administration of US President Donald Trump, who pushed ahead with her execution despite a legal battle

When a curtain was drawn in the execution chamber on Wednesday, Montgomery looked puzzled for a moment as she looked at journalists looking at her from behind thick glass.

As the execution process began, a woman leaned over Montgomery's shoulder, gently removed Montgomery's face mask, and asked if she had any last words. "No," replied Montgomery in a low, hushed voice. She didn't say anything else.

LAST WOMEN EXECUTED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Montgomery is the first woman to be executed by the federal government since 1953.

That year the government executed two women, Ethel Rosenberg for espionage on June 19 and Bonnie Heady for murder on December 18.

ETHEL ROSENBERG:

In 1952, Ethel Rosen (37) and her husband Julius (35) were convicted of espionage for the Soviet Union.

The couple were accused of providing information about radar, sonar, jet engines and nuclear weapons to the communists.

Julius had worked for the Army Signal Corps but was fired in 1945 when they discovered his membership in the US Communist Party.

But he continued to help the Soviets and recruited Ethel's brother, David Greenglass, who worked on the top-secret Manhattan Project.

Prosecutors admitted that her case against Ethel was "not too strong" but felt it was "very important that she, too, be convicted and sentenced to a severe sentence".

The couple were convicted at the height of the Cold War and electrocuted on June 19, 1953 at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility on the Hudson River.

BONNIE HEADY:

In September 1953, Bonnie Heady, 41, and Carl Hall, 34, kidnapped the six-year-old son of a multi-million dollar car dealer in Kansas City, Missouri.

Bobby Greenlease, son of Robert Greenlease Sr., was in Notre Dame de Sion, a Catholic school for young children, that day.

Heady told the nuns that she was Bobby's aunt and that she urgently needed to take him home because his mother was sick.

Sister Morand remembered Bobby walking with Heady without hesitation and the woman putting her arm around the child's shoulder and taking his hand.

Heady and Hall, both drug addicts alcoholics, then drove the child across state lines to Johnson County, Kansas.

Hall shot the boy with a revolver.

They then took the child's body to Heady's home in St. Joseph, where they buried him in the back yard.

They then sent messages to Bobby's father asking for $ 600,000.

Greenlease called on law enforcement agencies not to interfere and paid out – the largest ransom ever paid in history.

The killers collected the ransom and fled to St. Louis.

Hall later tried to escape with the money, leaving Heady $ 2,000 after falling asleep drunk in the apartment they rented.

A cab driver later gave police a clue as to the whereabouts of Hall, who had traveled to St. Louis County to bury the money.

Hall later led the police to the apartment Heady lived in in town.

On November 19, a jury in federal court in Kansas City recommended the death penalty after just over an hour's deliberation.

Judge Albert L. Reeves commented, “I think the verdict matches the evidence. It's the coldest, most brutal murder I've ever attempted. & # 39;

The couple were executed together in Missouri's deadly gas chamber in Jefferson City State Prison on December 18, 1953.

She tapped her fingers nervously for a few seconds and showed a heart-shaped tattoo on her thumb, but otherwise showed no signs of distress and quickly closed her eyes.

Originally scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Montgomery's execution was delayed following the final appeals from her lawyers who argued she was mentally incompetent and had suffered a lifetime of horrific sexual abuse.

Montgomery had introduced itself to its victim through an online chat room for rat terrier owners called Ratter Chatter.

She gave Stinnett a false name and pretended she was pregnant too – the couple exchanged emails about their pregnancies.

Montgomery arrived at Stinnett's Missouri home on December 16, 2004, under the guise that she was buying a rat terrier puppy.

But Montgomery strangled the eight-month pregnant mother and cut her baby out of the womb with a knife before setting off with the child.

The victim's mother, Becky Harper, discovered her daughter, who was lying in a pool of blood with her uterus slashed.

Sobbing, she said to the 911 dispatcher, "It's like it exploded or something."

The killer was arrested the next day at her home in Kansas.

She was sitting in her living room with the baby in her hand and watching the news – an amber alarm for her arrest flashed on the screen.

"As we crossed the threshold, our Amber Alert was rolling on the TV right now," recalled Randy Strong, who was on the Northwest Missouri case team at the time.

He looked to the right to see Montgomery holding the newborn and was relieved when she handed it over to law enforcement.

Prosecutors said her motive was that Montgomery's ex-husband knew she had undergone a tubal ligature that made her sterile and planned to reveal that she had lied about her pregnancy to get custody of two of her four children receive.

Montgomery needed a baby before a fast approaching court date and was focused on Stinnett, whom she had met at dog shows.

However, Montgomery attorneys have argued that sexual abuse in Montgomery's childhood led to mental illness.

In 2007, a jury convicted Montgomery and recommended the death penalty, which was upheld by the judge.

Just before midnight on Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued an order to remove the definitive legal obstacles to the execution, and minutes later it became clear that things were going on immediately when witnesses were brought into the execution area.

The Justice Department issued a new execution statement on January 13, informing Montgomery that her death sentence would be carried out on January 13.

Kelley Henry, Montgomery's attorney, made scathing remarks about the execution as "a malicious, unlawful and unnecessary exercise of authoritarian power".

"Anyone who attended the execution of Lisa Montgomery should be ashamed," Henry said in a statement. "In its zeal, the government stopped at nothing to kill this damaged and delusional woman."

"No one can credibly deny Mrs. Montgomery's longtime debilitating mental illness – it was first diagnosed and treated by the Bureau of Prisons' own doctors," added Henry.

The Supreme Court ruling removed the final legal obstacles to execution that Montgomery lawyers wanted to postpone until the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, an opponent of the death penalty.

Some of Stinnett's relatives traveled to Indiana to witness the execution of Montgomery, the Justice Department said.

In Tuesday night's ruling, the three Liberal Supreme Court justices – Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan – disagreed, saying they would allow the stay Montgomery's lawyers were looking for.

The Montgomery legal team says she suffered "sexual torture" as a child, including gang rape, which scarred her emotionally, emotionally, and exacerbated the mental health problems in her family.

During the trial, prosecutors accused Montgomery of feigning mental illness and found that her murder of Stinnett was deliberate and involved careful planning, including online research on how to perform a cesarean section.

Henry disagreed with this idea, citing extensive tests and brain scans that helped diagnose mental illness.

Henry said the problem at the heart of the legal arguments is not whether she knows the 2004 murder was wrong, but whether she fully understands why she should be executed now.

Montgomery's execution is the first of a woman at the federal level since 1953. After her execution, there are now 51 inmates on federal death row, all of them men.

Montgomery, 52, was originally scheduled to be killed by lethal injections of pentobarbital, a strong barbiturate, Tuesday at 6 p.m. EST, but last minute legal challenges delayed execution.

Anti-death penalty activist Glenda Breeden holds a lamp in her hand on Tuesday as she protests against the execution of Lisa Montgomery in Terre Haute Federal Prison

Anti-death penalty activist Glenda Breeden holds a lamp in her hand on Tuesday as she protests against the execution of Lisa Montgomery in Terre Haute Federal Prison

The St. Louis-based US 8th Court of Appeals issued a stay of execution on Monday, agreeing with its attorneys that the government planned her execution in violation of the original judgment of the court in 2007.

That stay was evacuated by the Supreme Court late Tuesday.

Separately, a federal judge on the 7th Indiana Circuit had ordered the execution to be postponed to allow a hearing to be heard on whether she was too mentally ill to be executed.

"The minutes before the court contain ample evidence that Ms. Montgomery's current state of mind is so far removed from reality that she cannot rationally understand the government's reasons for her execution," Judge Hanlon wrote in his ruling.

"Both the (government) and victims of crime have an important interest in the timely execution of a judgment," he said, citing a precedent.

"But it is also in the public interest to ensure that the government does not execute prisoners who, because of their state of mind," cannot assess the significance of the judgment of a community.

The 7th US Court of Appeals in Chicago overturned his stay on Tuesday afternoon. The Montgomery attorneys asked the Supreme Court to overturn this ruling, which they opposed.

Montgomery was executed Tuesday at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, just eight days before President-elect Joe Biden, an opponent of the federal death penalty, took office

Montgomery was executed Tuesday at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, just eight days before President-elect Joe Biden, an opponent of the federal death penalty, took office

Montgomery's execution was one of three executions set to be the last before President-elect Joe Biden, an opponent of the federal death penalty, is sworn in next week.

After legal challenges, it is now unclear how many additional executions there will be under President Donald Trump, who resumed federal executions in July after a 17-year hiatus. Ten federal inmates have been killed since then.

Regardless of Montgomery's case, a District of Columbia federal judge halted the scheduled executions of Corey Johnson and Dustin Higgs on a ruling Tuesday later this week.

Johnson was convicted of killing seven people in connection with his drug trafficking in Virginia, and Higgs was convicted of ordering the murders of three women in Maryland.

Both tested positive for COVID-19 last month, and a judge ruled that they should recover before being executed.

The last woman to be executed by the federal government was Bonnie Brown Heady on December 18, 1953 for the kidnapping and murder of a 6-year-old boy in Missouri.

The last woman to be executed by the state was Kelly Gissendaner, 47, on September 30, 2015 in Georgia. She was convicted of the murder of her husband in 1997 after conspiring with her lover, who stabbed Douglas Gissendaner.

Montgomery's Shocking Crime: Killer strangled the pregnant mother and stole her child through a gross caesarean section

In 2004, Montgomery drove about 170 miles from their Melvern, Kansas farmhouse to the northwestern town of Skidmore, Missouri, under the guise of adopting a ratterrier puppy from Bobbie Jo Stinnett, a 23-year-old dog breeder.

She strangled Stinnett with a rope before performing a gross caesarean section and escaping with the baby.

She was arrested the next day after showing off premature baby Victoria Jo, who survived and is now 16 years old and did not speak publicly about the tragedy.

In 2007 Montgomery was convicted and sentenced to death for kidnapping and kidnapping. She would have been the first woman to be executed by federal justice since 1953.

"As we crossed the threshold, our Amber Alert was rolling on the TV right now," recalled Randy Strong, who was on the Northwest Missouri case team at the time.

He looked to the right to see Montgomery holding the newborn and was relieved when she handed it over to law enforcement.

The previous hours had been a blur, photographing Stinnett's body and spending a sleepless night looking for clues – unsure if the baby was dead or alive and no idea what it looked like.

But then came tips about Montgomery, who had faked pregnancies in the past and suddenly had a baby. Stark, now the sheriff of Nodaway County, where the murder occurred, jumped into an unmarked car with another officer.

On the way, he learned that the email address fischer4kids (at) hotmail.com, which was used to set up the fatal meeting with Stinnett, was sent over a dial-up connection at Montgomery's home.

Expectant mother Bobbie Jo Stinnett at a dog show

Zeb Stinnett and baby Victoria Jo Stinnett

Left: Future mother Bobbie Jo Stinnett at a dog show. Right: Zeb Stinnett and baby Victoria Jo Stinnett, who Montgomery cut from her womb during the brutal attack

A group shot from the Abilene, Kansas dog show. Lisa Montgomery (second from left), Bobbi Jo (second from right) and Zeb Stinnett (far right) pose with their dogs

A group shot from the Abilene, Kansas dog show. Lisa Montgomery (second from left), Bobbi Jo (second from right) and Zeb Stinnett (far right) pose with their dogs

"I absolutely knew I would go to the killer's house," recalled Strong, saying that rat terriers were walking around his feet as he approached their house. Like Stinnett, Montgomery also raised rat terriers.

Bobbie Jo Stinnett's mother, Becky Harper, sobbed when she told a Missouri dispatcher that she tripped over her daughter in a pool of blood, had her womb slashed, and the child she was carrying was missing.

"It's like it exploded or something," Harper told the dispatcher on December 16, 2004 during the desperate but unsuccessful attempt to get help for her daughter.

Prosecutors said her motive was that Montgomery's ex-husband knew she had undergone a tubal ligature that made her sterile and planned to reveal that she had lied about her pregnancy to get custody of two of her four children receive.

Montgomery needed a baby before a fast approaching court date and was focused on Stinnett, whom she had met at dog shows.

However, Montgomery attorneys have argued that sexual abuse in Montgomery's childhood led to mental illness.

Attorney Kelley Henry spoke out in favor of Monday's decision and said in a statement to the Capital Journal: "Mrs. Montgomery suffers from brain damage and severe mental illness exacerbated by caretakers' lifelong sexual torture. & # 39;

Montgomery, 52, was abused by her stepfather, who built a room in the back of a trailer where he and his friends raped her from age 11 and where her mother pimped her up for sex, Montgomery's lawyers said.

Montgomery suffered sexual abuse and torture by her stepfather and mother who had Montgomery's lawyers and sister, who were also raped in their parents' home, compared to a horror movie. In a nearly 7,000-page pardon, filed in early January, they asked Trump to commute Montgomery's sentence to life imprisonment

Montgomery suffered sexual abuse and torture by her stepfather and mother who had Montgomery's lawyers and sister, who were also raped in their parents' home, compared to a horror movie. In a nearly 7,000-page pardon, filed in early January, they asked Trump to commute Montgomery's sentence to life imprisonment

Diane Mattingly, Montgomery's older sister, previously told reporters at a briefing that she was also repeatedly raped, sometimes in the same room with Montgomery, until authorities removed her for care.

"She's abandoned so many people," Mattingly said. “Yes, I started the same way, but I went to a place where I was loved, cared for, and shown self-worth. I had a good foundation. Lisa didn't and she broke. She is literally broke. & # 39;

Her stepfather denied the sexual abuse in videotaped statements and said he had poor memory when faced with a transcript of divorce proceedings in which he admitted physical abuse.

Her mother testified that she never filed a police complaint because he threatened her and her children.

But the jury, hearing the case, and some crying at the gruesome testimony, ignored the defense by convicting them of kidnapping that resulted in death.

Prosecutors argued that Stinnett regained consciousness and tried to defend himself when Montgomery cut the little girl out of her womb with a kitchen knife.

Later that day, Montgomery called her husband to pick her up in the parking lot of a Long John Silver in Topeka, Kansas, and told him that she had given birth to the baby earlier that day at a nearby birthing center.

She eventually confessed, and the rope and bloody knife used to kill Stinnett were found in her car. A search of her computer found that she was using it to research cesarean sections and ordered a delivery kit.

Montgomery was convicted of killing 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett in December 2004 in the northwest town of Skidmore, Missouri. She strangled Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant, with a rope and cut the girl out of the womb with a knife, the authorities said. Montgomery took the child and tried to pass the girl off as her own, prosecutors said

Montgomery was convicted of killing 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett in December 2004 in the northwest town of Skidmore, Missouri. She strangled Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant, with a rope and cut the girl out of the womb with a knife, the authorities said. Montgomery took the child and tried to pass the girl off as her own, prosecutors said

Pictured: Protesters protest outside the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC, against federal executions of death row inmates on December 10, 2020

Pictured: Protesters protest outside the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC, against federal executions of death row inmates on December 10, 2020

Stinnett's husband, Zeb, told jury that his world "came to an end" when he learned his wife was dead.

He said he had not returned to the couple's home in Skidmore, a small farming community previously known after city bully Ken Rex McElroy was killed in front of a crowd in 1981 who refused to involve the killer or killers, in months .

This crime was recorded in a book "Am helllichten Tag" as well as in a television movie, the film "Ohne Gnade" and the miniseries "Nobody has seen anything".

President-elect Joe Biden's stance on the death penalty

After current President Donald Trump resumed the federal death penalty in 2020 – for the first time in 17 years – President-elect Joe Biden has signaled his intention to eradicate the death penalty at the federal level.

Instead, on Joe Biden's website, which sets out the future Commander in Chief's guidelines, he suggests that people on death row should "serve life sentences without parole or parole."

"Over 160 people sentenced to death in this country since 1973 were later exonerated," it says on its website.

“Since we cannot ensure that death penalties are properly handled every time, Biden will work to pass federal laws to eliminate the death penalty and encourage states to follow the lead of the federal government.

"These people should instead serve life sentences without parole or parole."

Recently, on Victoria Jo's birthday, he sent Strong, the sheriff, a message on Facebook Messenger saying thank you.

"I was just crying," Strong recalled. “He's constantly being reminded whether in his nightmares or someone is about to call and interview him.

“The family doesn't want to be interviewed. You want to be left alone. The Skidmore Parish has a troubling past and history. They didn't want that. They don't deserve that. & # 39;

Montgomery was originally supposed to be killed on December 8th. However, the execution was temporarily blocked after her lawyers infected the coronavirus she was visiting in prison.

Without denying the gravity of their crime, Montgomery attorneys asked U.S. President Donald Trump for mercy last week.

But Trump, an outspoken supporter of the death penalty, has so far failed to respond to her request. He has allowed more executions in one year than any other US president since the 19th century.

Despite the decline in the death penalty in the US and around the world, the Trump administration revived punishment in the federal system in 2020 after a 17-year hiatus as the novel coronavirus spread to prison workers, inmate lawyers and two others Infect inmates before running.

Biden, who will take office on January 20, has pledged to work with Congress to end the death penalty altogether.

Biden spokesman TJ Ducklo said the president-elect "opposes the death penalty now and in the future" and will work as president to end its use.

But Ducklo didn't say whether the executions would be halted immediately after Biden took office.

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