Woman Executed On Death Row Performed Defiant Final Act Before Her Death

Lisa Montgomery performed a defiant final act before her Death Row execution.
Credit: Alamy & Death Penalty Information Center

A woman executed on death row performed a defiant final act before her death.

Lisa Montgomery strangled 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett in Missouri, USA, before cutting her unborn baby out of her womb and taking the child in 2004.

Stinnett died from her injuries, but the baby was safely recovered and returned to her family.

Montgomery confessed to the crime and in 2007, she was tried and found guilty.

Learn more about Lisa Montgomery’s execution here…

On January 13, 2021, she received a lethal injection at a prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, becoming the first female federal inmate to be executed by the US government in 67 years.

Her execution came after a last-minute stay of execution was lifted by the US Supreme Court.

Prior to her injection, though, Montgomery made a defiant gesture.

When asked if she had any last words – a chance to show remorse – she simply replied: “No.”

Witnesses reported, via the BBC, that Montgomery’s face mask was removed during the execution process.

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Her lawyer, Kelley Henry, condemned those involved in the execution, stating that they should ‘feel shame’.

Henry added: “The government stopped at nothing in its zeal to kill this damaged and delusional woman.

“Lisa Montgomery’s execution was far from justice.”

Montgomery’s defence team argued that she suffered from mental illness due to a history of serious abuse during her childhood.

They claim she was born with brain damage and experienced s**ual and physical abuse from her stepfather while being trafficked by her mother.

Her turbulent home life led her to marry at 18, but both marriages were marred by abuse.

Despite giving birth to four children, Montgomery was sterilised in 1990.

Her defence team believe that the extreme violence and abuse she endured throughout her life constituted torture.

It was also claimed that she was suffering from psychosis and disconnected from reality at the time of her horrific crime.

The case sparked a divide in public opinion, with some human rights groups opposing the death penalty for Montgomery.

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However, Stinnett’s family argued that regardless of her mental health, Montgomery should face capital punishment for the brutality of her crime.

Montgomery had befriended Stinnett online, bonding over their shared love of dogs.

She then went to Stinnett’s house, overpowered her, strangled her with a rope, and removed the baby from her stomach.

Police found Montgomery cradling the newborn when they arrived and initially believed she had given birth the previous day.

However, her fabrication was eventually exposed, and she confessed to the murder.

Montgomery’s execution was postponed twice, first due to the pandemic and later by a judge who halted the scheduled injection until a mental competency hearing could take place.

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