News24 has previously been able to report on death row inmates Lisa Montgomery – the first woman in her 70s to be executed at federal level in the United States.
The crime she is imprisoned for was committed just over sixteen years ago, and is, as it were, taken directly from a horror film. On a December day in 2004, Montgomery went home to a pregnant woman Bobbie Jo Stinnett, 23, to watch a puppy she was interested in.
Or yes, that was what was said anyway.
Once there, she strangled the 23-year-old, cut open her stomach and stole the baby. Montgomery could be arrested by police the very next day – and the newborn baby was miraculously alive.
Encountered several obstacles
The case that shook the entire United States resulted in a death sentence from a unanimous jury in 2007. But Montgomery’s path to the lethal injection has been marred by several obstacles.
The execution was actually scheduled to take place on December 8 last year – but was then postponed by her lawyer, Kelley Henry, fell ill with covid-19.
The new date was set for January 12, and the defense saw the shift as an opportunity to work out an application for pardon.
The pardon would be based in part on the fact that Montgomery’s legal aid during the 2004 trials was inadequate.
The execution is postponed once more
The new date for issuing the death penalty was thus today, Tuesday, but only hours before the execution was to take place, it was postponed – again.
The reason? The suitability of executing her must be investigated, the Indiana District Court judge said James Hanlon in a statement.
According to Montgomery’s defense attorney Henry, the inmate suffers from brain damage and severe mental disorders, so much so that she will not understand why she is being executed.
The injuries were caused during Montgomery’s childhood, where she was subjected to sexual torture by people close to her, says Henry.
The date on which her mental state, and suitability for execution, is to be assessed has not yet been set, according to CNN.
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