U.S. authorities executed a woman for the first time since 1953

U.S. authorities executed a woman for the first time since 1953

U.S. authorities have executed a woman for the first time since 1953.

Lisa Montgomery, who was convicted of the particularly brutal murder of a pregnant woman in 2004, was executed Jan. 13 by lethal injection. Doctors at Terre Haute prison in Indiana pronounced her dead at 1:31 a.m. local time (9:31 a.m. Moscow time). The sentence had previously been expected to be carried out Dec. 8, but a court ruling delayed the execution.

On Tuesday, the court ruled again to delay Montgomery’s execution due to her mental health issues, but the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the ruling. Kelly Henry, a defense attorney for the convicted woman, said U.S. authorities broke the law by executing the mentally ill woman.

Recall that in July 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court announced the restoration of the death penalty in the country’s federal prisons after a 17-year break. The execution of Lisa Montgomery became the eleventh in a row and the first execution of a woman, which was carried out in accordance with the court’s decision.

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