A woman who killed a pregnant woman and stole the unborn baby by cutting it from the victim’s womb is believed to be the first woman to be executed by the federal government in 70 years, the Justice Department said on Friday.
Lisa Montgomery, convicted of the gruesome crime of December 2004, is due to be executed by lethal injection on December 8 in Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S. Prison, the DOJ said.
Montgomery strangled Bobbie Jo Stinnett until she passed out, cut her body open with a kitchen knife, stole the baby and passed it off as her own, the government said.
The victim briefly regained consciousness when Montgomery first met her and briefly sparked a fight, the government said, before Montgomery managed to fatally strangle her.
Montgomery confessed to murdering Stinnett and kidnapping her child, the government said.
She was convicted of federal kidnapping in October 2007 that resulted in death.
The last woman to be executed by the federal government was Bonnie Heady. She was killed in a Missouri gas chamber in 1
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