US Executes Only Woman On Federal Death Row In Nearly 70 Years
Montgomery was the first woman to be executed by US federal government since 1953, BBC reports.
She was also the 11th federal death row inmate to be executed by Trump administration after a 17-year hiatus in federal executions.
She received a lethal injection at a prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, after efforts by her attorneys to prevent the execution was foiled by US Supreme Court.
US Supreme Court denied a last-ditch effort by her defence attorneys to save her. They argued that she should have been given a competency hearing to prove her severe mental illness, which would have made her ineligible for the death penalty.
In 2005, 52-year-old Montgomery strangled pregnant 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett in Skidmore, Missouri, after befriending the pregnant woman online over a shared love of dogs.
After driving to Stinnett’s house, Montgomery overpowered the pregnant woman, strangled her with a piece of rope, and cut the baby out of her womb.
Police found Montgomery cradling a new-born girl she claimed to have given birth to the day before.
Afterwards, she confessed to the killing. She was found guilty of the crime in 2007 and sentenced to death the next day.
Montgomery was pronounced dead at 01:31 (06:31 GMT). Montgomery’s lawyer, Kelley Henry, said that everyone who had participated in the execution “should feel shame” and that Montgomery’s execution was far from justice.