‘Womb raider’ Lisa Montgomery’s execution to go ahead as Supreme Court BACKS sentence for killer who slayed pregnant pal

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THE “womb raider” killer Lisa Montgomery will be executed after the Supreme Court cleared all stays just after midnight Wednesday and upheld her sentence.

Montgomery, who was convicted of killing a pregnant woman and carving out her child, is set to be executed by lethal injection at a federal prison complex in Indiana.

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Lisa Montgomery is set to be put to death on Tuesday[/caption]

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The Supreme Court backed the sentence[/caption]

On Tuesday night, the Supreme Court vacated stays put on the case in an effort to delay the execution until Donald Trump leaves office.

The Trump administration restarted federal executions for the first time since 2003 over the summer, and has since carried out 10.

The administration has been heavily critiqued by opponents of the death penalty, who believe they are trying to push through as many executions as they can before they leave office.

After the Supreme Court cleared the way for Montgomery to be executed, her lawyer, Kelley Henry, slammed the administration.

“The craven bloodlust of a failed administration was on full display tonight,” she said in a statement.

“Everyone who participated in the execution of Lisa Montgomery should feel shame.”

Montgomery was set to be executed on Tuesday at 6pm, but her legal team tried to push through last minute proceedings to stop the execution.

She will be the first woman killed by the federal government in nearly 70 years.

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Joe Biden, set to take office on January 20, opposes the death penalty[/caption]

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Montgomery killed Bobbie Jo Stinnett and cut out her baby[/caption]

On Monday night, a federal judge in Indiana blocked Montgomery’s execution on mental health grounds.

If the Supreme Court had allowed the decision to be pushed into to Joe Biden’s administration, Montgomery’s capitol punishment may not have been carried out.

As a stark contrast to the Trump administration, Biden opposes the death penalty and his spokesman, TJ Ducklo, previously said he would work to end its use.

Montgomery’s lawyers recently asked Trump for clemency, saying she committed the crimes after a lifetime of being abused and raped.

In a nearly 7,000-page clemency petition filed last week, they asked the president to commute Montgomery’s sentence to life in prison.

However, Trump has been a staunch supporter of capital punishment. The federal government under his administration executed 10 people in 2020 alone, more than all of the states combined.

Judge James Patrick Hanlon’s decision to block Montgomery’s lethal injection planned for Tuesday was based on evidence that she was unable to understand the government’s rationale for her execution.

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Montgomery was sexually assaulted by her stepfather and his friends in a specially-built room, a court heard[/caption]

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Donald Trump’s administration reinstated the death penalty[/caption]

The judge granted the stay of execution to allow the court to conduct a hearing to determine whether she is competent to be executed.

Montgomery’s lawyer welcomed the ruling and said the court was right to put a stop to her execution.

“Mrs Montgomery is mentally deteriorating and we are seeking an opportunity to prove her incompetence,” Henry said in a statement.

However, since the Supreme Court handed down the decision, Montgomery is now set to become the fifth woman put to death by the US government in history.

The last woman to be executed by the government was Bonnie Heady, who died in a gas chamber in Missouri in 1953.

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Montgomery’s legal team argues she is mentally ill and suffered extreme childhood abuse[/caption]

Montgomery was convicted of murder in the horrific 2004 attack of 23-year-old dog breeder Bobbie Jo Stinnett.

She reportedly pretended to be a pregnant woman named “Darlene Fischer” to bond with Stinnett, and went to her home pretending she wanted to buy a dog.

“Once inside the residence, Montgomery attacked and strangled Stinnett – who was eight months pregnant – until the victim lost consciousness,” the Department of Justice said.

She then began cutting into the victim’s abdomen, the DOJ said. When Stinnett regained consciousness, Montgomery strangled her to death before removing the baby.

The child miraculously survived and Montgomery tried to pass the baby off as her own, even telling her husband she had given birth.

When Montgomery was taken in, the baby was given back to her father. She’s now 16 years old.

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Demonstrators protest federal executions of death row inmates in front of the Justice Department in Washington, DC, on December 10[/caption]

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Montgomery is scheduled to be executed in Indiana[/caption]

Montgomery’s legal team has insisted that she was not represented properly in her previous trials, according to Metro.

They argue that while there is no question of her guilt, her severe mental health issues and extreme sexual abuse she was subject to as a child was not taken into account.

“It is difficult to grasp the extremity of the horrors Lisa suffered from her earliest childhood, including being raped by her stepfather, handed off to his friends for their use, sold to groups of adult men by her own mother and repeatedly gang raped, and relentlessly beaten and neglected.

“No one intervened to help Lisa, though many knew what was happening to her,” attorney Sandra Babcock previously said in a statement.

“No other woman has been executed for a similar crime, because most prosecutors have recognized that it is inevitably the product of trauma and mental illness,” Babcock said.

“Executing Lisa Montgomery would be yet another injustice inflicted on a woman who has known a lifetime of mistreatment.”

In December, UN human rights experts called for clemency to be granted to Montgomery after the US rescheduled her execution for January 2021 amid concerns that she received inadequate legal assistance and her previous trauma and mental health were not adequately considered during the trial.


“Ms. Montgomery was the victim of an extreme level of physical and sexual abuse throughout her life against which the State never provided protection and for which it failed to offer remedies.

“She suffered from several mental health conditions which the State failed to care for.

“When it came to the capital proceedings, the State betrayed her yet again, neglecting to consider these essential and determining facts as mitigating circumstances,” the experts said. 

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