The execution of killer “womb raider” Lisa Montgomery will take place this evening as the Supreme Court has made a last-minute decision in support of the sentence.
Montgomery was convicted of strangling a pregnant woman to death, then slashing her body savagely to retrieve the unborn child, in Missouri in 2004.
On Monday night, an Indiana federal judge blocked Montgomery’s execution on mental health grounds just hours before she became the first woman to be killed by the federal government in nearly 70 years.
However, a 6 to 3 vote in the Supreme Court on Tuesday will allow the execution to move forward.
The decision on execution would have been pushed into Joe Biden’s administration if the Supreme Court had not intervened tonight.
Unlike the Trump administration, Biden opposes the death penalty and his spokesperson TJ Ducklo has previously said he will work to end its use.
Lawyers for the murderer recently sought clemency from Donald Trump, claiming she committed the crimes after a life of abuse and rape.
In a nearly 7,000-page pardon petition filed last week, they called on the president to commute Montgomery’s sentence to life in prison.
However, Trump has been a strong supporter of capital punishment. The federal government under his administration executed 10 people in 2020 alone, more than all states combined.
Judge James Patrick Hanlon’s decision to block Montgomery’s lethal injection scheduled for Tuesday was based on evidence that she was unable to understand the government’s justification for her execution.
The judge granted the stay of execution to allow the court to hold a hearing to determine whether it has jurisdiction to be executed.
Montgomery’s attorney, Kelley Henry, welcomed the decision and said the court was right to stop his execution.
“Ms. Montgomery is deteriorating mentally and we are looking for an opportunity to prove her incompetence,” Henry said in a statement.
However, since the Supreme Court handed down the ruling, Montgomery is now on track to become the fifth woman to be killed by the U.S. government in history.
The last woman executed by the government is Bonnie Heady, who died in a Missouri gas chamber in 1953.
Montgomery was convicted of murder in the horrific 2004 attack on 23-year-old dog breeder Bobbie Jo Stinnett.
She allegedly pretended to be a pregnant woman named “Darlene Fischer” to bond with Stinnett, and went to her house claiming that 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 proceeded to cut 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 off the baby as his own, even telling her husband that she had given birth.
When Montgomery was taken in, the baby was returned to her father. She is now 16 years old.
Montgomery’s legal team insisted it was not properly represented in its previous trials, according to Metro.
They argue that while her guilt is not addressed, her severe mental health issues and the extreme sexual abuse she suffered as a child were not taken into account.
“It’s hard to grasp the end of the horrors Lisa has endured since her early childhood, including being raped by her stepfather, left in her friends for their use, sold to groups of adult men by her own. mother and gang raped repeatedly, and mercilessly beaten and neglected.
“No one stepped in to help Lisa, although many knew what was happening to her,” lawyer Sandra Babcock said in a statement.
“No other woman has been executed for a similar crime, as most prosecutors have acknowledged that it is inevitably trauma and mental illness,” Babcock said.
“Executing Lisa Montgomery would be another injustice inflicted on a woman who has endured a life of abuse. ”
In December, UN human rights experts called for clemency for Montgomery after the United States postponed her execution to January 2021 over concerns that she had received adequate legal assistance. and that his previous trauma and mental health were not properly considered in the trial.
“SP. Montgomery suffered an extreme level of physical and sexual abuse throughout his life for which the state has never provided protection and for which he has not offered a remedy.
“She suffered from a number of mental health issues that the state was not addressing.
“With regard to the capital proceedings, the state has once again betrayed it, neglecting to consider these essential and determining facts as mitigating circumstances,” said the experts.
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“International standards are clear – the death penalty is always arbitrary and illegal when the court ignores or neglects essential facts which may have significantly influenced the motives, situation and conduct of an accused on death row.