It will be the first execution of a female federal prison in the USA in 67 years. Lisa Montgomery, who strangled a pregnant woman in Missouri in 2004 and then opened and stole her baby, will die by lethal injection in Terre Haute, Indiana, on December 8.

According to the Death Penalty Information Center, the last time a woman was executed by the US government was in 1953: Bonnie Brown Heady died in the gas chamber, convicted of kidnapping and murdering, along with her boyfriend, the son of six years of an automotive tycoon.

Attorney General William Barr announced the decision to proceed with the execution of Montgomery, 52, through an announcement where he also announced the December 10 execution date for Brandon Bernard, 40, who along with two accomplices was found guilty of the murder of two church pastors in Texas in 1999.

Barr said these crimes are “especially heinous”.

Who is Lisa Montgomery?

Lisa Montgomery met Bobbie Jo Stineett at a chat room. In December 2004, Lisa left Kansas and went to Bobbie Jo Stinnett, Missouri, supposedly to buy a dog. “Once inside the residence, Montgomery attacked and strangled Stinnett until the victim lost consciousness,” reads the Justice Department statement.

“Using a kitchen knife, Montgomery cut Stinnett’s abdomen,” who was eight months pregnant. She regained consciousness and fought. Montgomery strangled Stinnett to death. Then he removed the baby from Stinnett’s body, took it with him, saying it was his daughter.

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