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US carries out its 1st execution of female inmate since 1953

Lisa Montgomery put to death in Terre Haute
Federal Execution Montgomery
Posted at 6:29 AM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 06:29:50-05

TERRE HAUTE — The U.S. government has carried out its first execution of a female inmate in nearly seven decades as authorities executed a Kansas woman who strangled an expectant mother in Missouri and cut the baby from her womb.

Lisa Montgomery was pronounced dead at 1:31 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a lethal injection at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute.

Montgomery killed 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett in Skidmore, Missouri. She was the 11th prisoner executed since July, when President Donald Trump resumed federal executions following 17 years without one.

President-elect Joe Biden, a death penalty opponent, will be sworn-in next week.

A federal judge on Tuesday halted two other executions scheduled for this week after the inmates tested positive for COVID-19.