Who is Lisa Montgomery and why is she facing the death penalty?

Who is Lisa Montgomery and why is she facing the death penalty?

October 19, 2020

LISA Montgomery is currently the only woman on federal death row in Indiana.

She was sentenced to death by judges after she murdered a pregnant woman and carved the unborn child out of her womb, then attempting to pass the baby off as her own.

Who is Lisa Montgomery?

Lisa Montgomery is a 43-year-old murderer who targeted a pregnant woman in an attack 16 years ago.

She was sentenced to death for her crime.

Justice Department officials said Montgomery will be executed by the state at US Penitentiary Terre Haute in Indiana.

Why is she facing the death penalty?

Montgomery heartlessly strangled pregnant Missouri mom Bobbie Jo Stinnett in 2004.

Montgomery – who was faking being pregnant at the time – strangled the 23-year-old before using a carving knife to slice her baby out of her womb.

Montgomery met her victim online as she posed as "Darlene Fischer" and approached her saying she wanted to buy a dog.

She lied to Stinnett and said she was also pregnant, and the two bonded over their expected babies.

Stinnett was eight months pregnant, while Montgomery was falsely claiming to family and friends that she was full term.

The two arranged to meet on December 16, 2004, so that Montgomery could buy a rat terrier from Stinnett. Upon meeting, the killer arrived at her victim's home in Skidmore and then strangled her with a neon pink rope.

Cutting the baby from the victim's womb, the twisted Montgomery then attempted to pass off the child as her own.

Stinnett's mother discovered her remains later that day, and police tracked down Montgomery the next day to a farmhouse where she was with the child.

Is the baby still alive?

Thankfully the little girl, Victoria Jo Stinnett, survived the attack and is now 16-years-old.

She was returned to her father Zeb Stinnett after the attack occured.

At the time, US Attorney John F. Wood said: "The only good thing that comes from this tragedy is that little Victoria is a healthy baby and is reunited with her family."

When will she be put to death?

US Justice Department officials announced that Montgomery will be put to death by lethal injection on December 8.

Montgomery's defense team tried to argue she was suffering delusions and couldn't distinguish right from wrong at the time.

Her execution will mark the eighth federal execution this year after the Trump administration restarted them after a 17-year pause.

She will be the first female federal inmate put to death in 70 years, since the execution of Bonnie Heady.

Heady kidnapped and murdered a 6-year-old boy back in 1953.

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