UPDATE: AP: 1st US execution of female inmate in 67 years halted

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Lisa Montgomery

MISSION, Kan. — A judge has granted a stay in what was slated to be the U.S. government’s its first execution of a female inmate in more than 67 years.

Lisa Montgomery killed 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett in December 2004, cut the baby from her womb and then passed off the newborn as her own. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Judge Patrick Hanlon granted the stay late Monday. Her execution was scheduled for Tuesday at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, just eight days before the inauguration of Joe Biden an opponent of the federal death penalty.

Montgomery’s lawyers have argued that sexual abuse during Montgomery’s childhood led to mental illness.

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MISSION, Kan. — A woman who killed a pregnant woman, cut a baby from her womb and then passed off the newborn as her own is set to die for the crime.

Lisa Montgomery would be the first woman executed by the federal government in some six decades if her execution happens as scheduled on Tuesday at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. Montgomery was holding 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett’s in her arms when she was arrested one day after the December 2004 killing.

Montgomery’s lawyers have argued that sexual abuse during Montgomery’s childhood led to mental illness.

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