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Rabu, 13 Januari 2021

US executes first woman on federal death row in nearly seven decades - ABC News

The US Government has executed convicted murderer Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row, after the Supreme Court overturned a stay on her death sentence.

Montgomery's death marks the first time federal authorities have executed a female prisoner since 1953.

Challenges were fought across multiple federal courts on whether to allow execution of the 52-year-old who had been scheduled to be killed by lethal injections of pentobarbital, a powerful barbiturate, on Tuesday in the Justice Department's execution chamber at its prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Montgomery's lawyer Kelley Henry had called the pending execution a "vicious, unlawful, and unnecessary exercise of authoritarian power".

A shot through a window of a lethal injection chair.
The last woman to be executed by the Federal Government was Bonnie Brown Heady in December 1953.(AP: Eric Risberg)

"No-one can credibly dispute Ms Montgomery's longstanding debilitating mental disease — diagnosed and treated for the first time by the Bureau of Prisons' own doctors," Ms Henry said in a statement.

Montgomery was convicted in Missouri in 2007 of kidnapping and strangling Bobbie Jo Stinnett, who was then eight months' pregnant.

After killing Ms Stinnett, Montgomery cut her baby girl from her uterus with a kitchen knife.

Montgomery took the child with her and attempted to pass her off as her own.

Montgomery's lawyers had long argued she was mentally ill and could not comprehend she was to be put to death.

Some of Ms Stinnett's relatives travelled to witness Montgomery's execution, the Justice Department said.

Montgomery's lawyers asked for US President Donald Trump's clemency last week, saying that as a child she was abused and repeatedly raped by her stepfather and his friends.

They called for her to face life in prison instead.

Protesters hold up placards on a road as a car drives past while the sun sets
Anti-death penalty groups said Mr Trump was pushing for executions prior to the election to burnish a reputation as a law-and-order leader.(AP/The Tribune Star: Austen Leake)

Her execution came as a federal judge for the US District of Columbia halted the scheduled executions later this week of Corey Johnson and Dustin Higgs in a ruling Tuesday.

The executions were to be the last before US president-elect Joe Biden, who opposes the death penalty, is sworn in next week.

Now it is unclear how many additional executions there will be under President Donald Trump, who resumed federal executions in July after a 17-year pause.

Ten federal inmates have since been put to death.

Johnson, convicted of killing seven people related to his drug trafficking in Virginia, and Higgs, convicted of ordering the murders of three women in Maryland, both tested positive for COVID-19 last month.

Anti-death penalty groups said Mr Trump was pushing for executions prior to the November election in a cynical bid to burnish a reputation as a law-and-order leader.

The last woman executed by the Federal Government was Bonnie Brown Heady on December 18, 1953, for the kidnapping and murder of a six-year-old boy in Missouri.

The last woman executed by a state was Kelly Gissendaner, 47, on September 30, 2015, in Georgia.

She was convicted of murder in the 1997 killing of her husband after she conspired with her lover, who stabbed Douglas Gissendaner to death.

Reuters/AP

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