The execution of the only woman on federal death row in the US has been put on hold by a judge whilst the battle for a stay of execution continues
The US Department of Justice convicted Lisa Montgomery, 52, of killing Bobbie Jo Stinnett in December 2004. Montgomery had strangled Stinnett and used a knife to cut her baby from the womb.
She was 8 months pregnant at the time of the killing.
Montgomery then tried to pretend the baby was hers but was caught and convicted of federal kidnapping in October 2007 resulting in her being sentenced to death.
According to court documents, her execution was scheduled for 8th December 2020 but in November Randolph Moss, U.S. District Court Judge, granted a stay-of-execution order while Montgomery’s lawyers were recovering from COVID-19 and allowing them to prepare a petition for her to receive clemency from US President Donald Trump. The stay was granted and the Justice Department re-scheduled her execution for 12th January 2021.
Judge Moss ruled on Thursday that the re-setting of her execution date was illegal and a new one may not be set while the stay-of-execution order remains in effect.
No comment has yet been made by the Justice Department on the case. Sandra Babock, Montgomery’s attorney, said in a statement “The district court’s decision requires the government to follow the law by not setting an execution date for Lisa Montgomery while a stay of execution is in place.” She went on to say “Montgomery suffers from a dissociative disorder, complex post-traumatic stress disorder, and other serious mental illnesses exacerbated by the extreme physical, emotional, and sexual abuse she endured beginning in early childhood.” Moss summed up by stating ”
The Court, accordingly, concludes that the Director’s order setting a new execution date while the Court’s stay was in effect was ‘not in accordance with the law.”
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