The U.S. Court of Appeals has overturned a stay of execution for the only woman on federal death row in the country. Lisa Montgomery strangled a pregnant woman in Missouri before cutting and kidnapping her child, this happened in 2004. If the execution takes place, Montgomery would become the first federal female prisoner to be executed in nearly 70 years.
Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on U.S. federal death row, will nevertheless be executed, with execution scheduled for January 2021.
Montgomery’s execution date was originally set for last month, but was postponed after her lawyers contracted a coronavirus. But on Friday, a panel of judges accepted a new execution date of Jan. 12.
According to the Death Penalty Information Center, the last woman executed by the U.S. government was Bonnie Headey, who died in a Missouri gas chamber in 1953. Federal executions were suspended for 17 years before President Donald Trump ordered them resumed early last year.
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