Oct 17, 2020 07:20 UTC
  • US schedules first execution of a woman in seven decades

A convicted woman is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection in the state of Indiana, the first execution of a female inmate by the US government in almost 70 years.

Attorney General William P. Barr announced on Friday that Lisa Montgomery, who was found guilty of strangling a pregnant woman in Missouri, was one of two inmates scheduled to be executed.

Barr said he directed the head of the Federal Bureau of Prisons to carry out the execution at the US Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, on December 8.

Montgomery is the only woman on the federal government’s death row.

In October 2007, a federal jury found Montgomery guilty of one count of kidnapping resulting in death. Montgomery murdered Bobbie Jo Stinnett by strangulation and kidnapped her unborn baby in 2004, federal prosecutors said. 

Montgomery's defense attorneys argued that she had been suffering from delusions when she killed Stinnett, but the federal jury rejected her defense.

The conviction and sentencing were later upheld on appeal.

The last execution of a female inmate took place in 1953, when Bonnie Heady was put to death in a gas chamber in Missouri, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

The Justice Department on Friday also announced that the death penalty of a man convicted in the 1999 killing of two youth ministers in Texas will be carried out on December 10.