WASHINGTON – A woman convicted of strangling a pregnant woman in Missouri, cutting up her body and kidnapping her baby is scheduled to be the first female inmate killed by the U.S. government in more than six decades, said Ministry of Justice Friday.
Lisa Montgomery is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Dec. 8 at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. She would be the ninth federal effort killed when the Justice Department resumed executions in July after a nearly 20-year hiatus.
Montgomery was convicted of killing 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett in northwestern Missouri town of Skidmore in December 2004.
Montgomery drove from his home in Kansas to Stinnett̵
Prosecutors said Montgomery removed the baby from Stinnett’s body, took the child with him and tried to pass the girl on as his own.
Montgomery’s lawyers claimed she had suffered miscarriages when she killed Stinnett, but a jury rejected her defense. Her lawyers had also argued that she was suffering from pseudocyesis, causing a woman to fail that she is pregnant and showing signs of pregnancy.
The Justice Department on Friday also planned the execution of a man convicted of the 1999 murder of two Texas youth ministers. Brandon Bernard, 40, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Dec. 10.
Bernard and his co-defendant, Christopher Vialva, were convicted in 1999 of kidnapping and murdering Todd and Stacie Bagley, a couple in Iowa who had stopped using a telephone in Killeen, Texas. The couple agreed to give Vialva and two others a ride, authorities said. Vialva pulled out a gun, forced the couple into the trunk and drove around for several hours, stopping at ATMs to withdraw cash and trying to mortgage the woman’s wedding ring, according to prosecutors. Both victims were shot in the head and placed in the trunk of their car, which was then burned.
Vialva was executed last month at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute.
The resumption of federal executions began on July 14 with the execution of former white supremacist Daniel Lewis Lee.
Since then, six others have been killed and another man, Orlando Hall, is scheduled to be executed next month. Anti-death penalty groups say President Donald Trump is pushing for executions during the campaign season in an attempt to burn out a reputation as a law-and-order leader.
Prior to the resumption of executions this summer, federal authorities had executed only three prisoners in the previous 56 years.
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