The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Lisa Montgomery’s previously delayed first death sentence in nearly 70 years can be carried out.
Kelly Henry, Montgomery’s lawyer, in sharp remarks, called the pending execution “a vicious, illegal and unnecessary exercise of authoritarian power.”
The woman is scheduled to be administered a lethal injection.
Thus, the execution of a woman prisoner in the United States will take place for the first time since 1953.
Montgomery was convicted of killing 23-year-old Bobbi Jo Stinnett in Skidmore, northwest Missouri, in December 2004. The convict strangled the girl, who was eight months pregnant. Attorneys for the convicted woman tried to prove in court that their client was mentally ill.
A few days ago, a court in the U.S. state of Indiana postponed Montgomery’s federal death sentence. Her mental health problems were cited as the reason.
However, as early as January 2, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the lower judge who had postponed Montgomery’s execution was wrong.
In November, the U.S. Justice Department authorized the execution of federally convicted felons by any means legal in the state. This included allowing gas poisoning, electrocution, and firing squad executions in some.
In July, after 17 years, U.S. authorities resumed executions at the federal level. Since 2003, there had been an unofficial moratorium – capital punishment was applied only at the state level. In the first week, three criminals were executed.