On Wednesday, a Kansas female’s execution was held for strangling an expectant mother in Missouri and slicing the baby out of her womb, the first time a lady prisoner was sentenced to death by the United States government in almost 70 years.
At 1:31 am, Lisa Montgomery, 52, was dead. This was after undergoing a lethal injection in Terre Haute, Indiana, at the federal prison complex. She was the 11th inmate since July at the prison which got execution orders. This was because, after 17 years without one, President Donald Trump, an avid advocate of capital punishment, reinstated federal executions.
Montgomery seemed slightly bewildered when a curtain was lifted in the execution chamber as she stared at reporters staring at her from through thick glass. A lady leaned over her shoulder, gently pulled Montgomery’s mask from her face, and questioned if she had any final words.
“No,” replied Montgomery in a calm, shrill voice. Nothing else she said.
Amy Harwell, one of Montgomery’s attorneys, expressed shock. This was because the spiritual adviser to Montgomery was not inside the chamber. A representative confirmed to her that Montgomery did not want a theological counselor there.
“I insisted that she did — as I was present when (the spiritual adviser) discussed with her his plan to sing ‘Jesus Loves You’ to her while the chemicals flowed,” Harwell said.
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For a few seconds, Montgomery tapped her fingertips nervously during execution. A tattoo of a heart shape on her thumb. It showed no signs of discomfort and she closed her eyes easily. Montgomery kept licking her lips as the death penalty began, and struggled momentarily as pentobarbital, the lethal medication, penetrated her body through IVs across both arms. Her midsection pulsated for a while but soon stopped.
In the pale-green execution chamber, Montgomery laid on a gurney. Her glasses were on and her grayish-brown hair was falling over a green medical pillow. At 1:30 a.m., an official came into the room in black gloves with a stethoscope, attended to her heart and chest. Then stepped out. A minute later, they declared her dead.
“The craven bloodlust of a failed administration was on full display tonight,” Montgomery lawyer, Kelley Henry, said. “Everyone who participated in the execution of Lisa Montgomery should feel shame.”
“The government stopped at nothing in its zeal to kill this damaged and delusional woman,” Henry added. “Lisa Montgomery’s execution was far from justice.”
In the northwest Missouri town of Skidmore in 2004, the family of Bobbie Jo Stinnett, the 23-year-old Montgomery killed, refused to comment on the execution, prison authorities said.