Lisa Montgomery, 52, was put to death by lethal injection at 1:31 AM Wednesday after the US Supreme Court lifted her last-minute stay of execution.
Montgomery was the only female inmate on death row in the US and the first to be executed by the federal government in 67 years. She is the 11th federal inmate to be executed by the Trump administration. Trump put a halt to a 17-year hiatus on executions.
Montgomery was convicted of the 2004 murder of Bobbie Jo Stinnett. Stinnett, 23, died after being stabbed and strangled by Montgomery, who removed Stinnett’s 8-month-old fetus. She then attempted to kidnap the baby and pass it as her own. The baby survived.
Despite this being a graphic and disturbing crime, lawyers believe that Montgomery was psychotic and out of touch with reality at the time. Forty-one current and former lawyers and human rights groups have supported this opinion.
On Monday night, a judge halted Montgomery’s execution, which was scheduled for Tuesday, until she could undergo a mental competency test.
“The Court was right to put a stop to Lisa Montgomery’s execution,” said Kelly Henry, Montgomery’s attorney. “As the court found, Mrs. Montgomery ‘made a strong showing’ of her current incompetence to be executed. Mrs. Montgomery has brain damage and severe mental illness that was exacerbated by the lifetime of sexual torture she suffered at the hands of caretakers.”
Kelly said the Eighth Amendment prohibits the execution of people like Montgomery who do not understand the basis for their execution due to mental illness or brain damage.
Read more on Lisa Montgomery’s history here: “‘A Lifetime of Torture’: The Story of the Woman Trump is Rushing to Execute”
The Supreme Court denied the judge’s decision, leading to her execution early Wednesday.
“The government stopped at nothing in its zeal to kill this damaged and delusional woman,” said Henry. “Lisa Montgomery’s execution was far from justice.”