The woman, 52, was given a lethal injection following the US Supreme Court’s decision. 

In 2004, Lisa Montgomery, murdered a mother and kidnapped her baby. She was subsequently sentenced to death in 2007.

Yesterday, on January 12, a delay on the execution was ordered by the judge. This was so Montgomery could undergo a mental health assessment. 

The delay, however, was overturned by the US Supreme Court and at 1.30am on Wednesday (13 January) Montgomery was issued a lethal injection which killed her. She was executed at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute in Indiana.

Kelly Henry, Montgomery’s attorney, spoke out against the actions of the court:

“The craven bloodlust of a failed administration was on full display tonight.

“Everyone who participated in the execution of Lisa Montgomery should feel shame. The government stopped at nothing in its zeal to kill this damaged and delusional woman.

She continued, “Lisa Montgomery’s execution was far from justice.”

In 2007, Montgomery was convicted for the murder of 23 year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett. After strangling Stinnett, who was 8 months pregnant, Montgomery proceeded to cut out the victim’s unborn foetus. Montgomery then pretended that the foetus was her child, before she was arrested. Bobbie Jo Stinnett bled to death. 

The convict was originally meant to be executed on December 8, but the execution was delayed after her attorneys contracted coronavirus.

Montgomery had reportedly undergone surgery to prevent her from becoming pregnant, and also had a history of phantom pregnancies. 

It was claimed by her lawyer that Montgomery had brain damage, as a result of being abused as a child. 

In a fight to spare her life, Montgomery’s lawyers appealed to Donald Trump, citing mental health issues as a reason for why she should not be executed earlier this year. 

They issued a statement which read: “Broken before she was born, Lisa Montgomery’s life was filled with torture, terror, failure, and betrayal.

“Had just one person intervened, all of this could have been avoided. But they did not. And so now you are faced with the awesome responsibility of deciding whether Lisa Montgomery lives or dies.”

Indeed, mental health experts reportedly concluded that Montgomery’s history of sexual abuse led her to dissociate with reality when she was a child. 

Katherine Porterfield, a clinical psychologist, stated that this is common among victims of sexual abuse. 

She said: “Lisa Montgomery developed into a person who had profound disconnection from her body, from her mind, from her experience.

“Those were disconnections that were tragic in their consequences. But they were what we come to understand as neuro-physiological adaptations to survive being constantly under assault.”

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