US to carry out first federal execution of a woman after 67 years
Published: 01:40 PM, 17 October 2020 Updated: 05:48 PM, 17 October 2020
After 67 years, the US Justice Department is going to execute a woman named Lisa Montgomery, convicted of a 2004 murder.
Montgomery was found guilty of strangling a pregnant woman in Missouri in 2004.
On December 8, her death will be confirmed by pushing a lethal injection at U.S. Penitentiary Terre Haute, Indiana, the department said in a statement on Friday.
Lisa was sentenced to death in 2007 by a Missouri district court after being found guilty of murder after the abduction.
Her attorney, Kelley Henry, said that Montgomery deserves to live because she is mentally ill and suffered childhood abuse.
The last time a woman named Bonnie Heady was sentenced to death was in 1953 in a gas chamber in Missouri according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
The US Department of Justice said that another man, Brandon Bernard, is scheduled to execute on December 10. He is accused of killing two youth ministers in 1999.
The executions will be the eighth and ninth executions in the United States this year.
Earlier, in July, the Trump administration broke a 17-year hiatus and resumed executions. They have also introduced a policy of using only one lethal injection instead of the three drugs combination used in 2003 for the death penalty.