US court to execute first woman since 1953

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Lisa Montgomery was convicted of killing a pregnant woman and stealing the baby.

The United States government set this Saturday (17) for December 8, the first federal execution of a woman since 1953.

Lisa Montgomery, who confessed to the crime, lost all attempts to appeal her conviction and sentence, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Her defense claimed during the process that she suffered from pseudocyesis, also known as “psychological pregnancy”, which happens when a woman believes she is pregnant, even though she is not.

In the process, those responsible for the prosecution presented Lisa’s search history to prove that the crime was premeditated. She had researched how to perform cesarean sections.

The judge ruled that Lisa Montgomery deserved to die due to the heinous nature of the crime.

The last woman executed by the federal government in the country was Bonnie Heady, sentenced to the gas chamber after participating in the kidnapping and murder of a six-year-old boy.

The crime

In 2004, Lisa Montgomery, who was 36 at the time, drove to Bobbie Jo Stinnet’s home in northwest Missouri, and after strangling her to death, cut the child off her abdomen.

After the murder, Montgomery went home and tried to pass the baby on as if it were his own.

The child, who survived the attack, is now 16 years old.

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