Execution of the only woman on US federal death row to commence on 12th January, a US appeals court has cleared the way for the only woman on federal death row to be executed before president-elect Joe Biden takes office January 20.
The ruling, handed down on Friday by a three-judge panel on the US court of appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, concluded that a lower court judge erred when he vacated Lisa Montgomery’s execution date in an order last week.
US district court judge Randolph Moss had ruled the justice department unlawfully rescheduled Montgomery’s execution. He vacated an order from the director of the bureau of prisons scheduling her death for January 12.
Montgomery has initially been scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection at the federal correctional complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, in December. Still, Moss delayed the execution after her attorneys contracted coronavirus and asked him to extend the time to file a clemency petition.
She was found guilty of federal kidnapping resulting in death and sentenced to death in 2007 to slay mother-to-be Stinnett. She strangled her to death and cut her baby from her womb using a kitchen knife.
Montgomery was convicted of killing 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett in the north-west Missouri town of Skidmore in December 2004.
She used a rope to strangle Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant, and then cut the baby girl from the womb with a kitchen knife, authorities said. Montgomery took the child with her and attempted to pass the girl off as her own, prosecutors said. Here