The US carries out the first federal execution of a woman in nearly seven decades

FILE - This undated file image provided by Attorneys for Lisa Montgomery shows Lisa Montgomery. An appeals court granted a stay of execution Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, for Montgomery, convicted of killing a pregnant woman and cutting the baby from her womb in the northwest Missouri town of Skidmore in 2004. (Attorneys for Lisa Montgomery via AP, File)

The authorities of the United States have executed this Wednesday Lisa Montgomery, sentenced to death for murdering a pregnant woman and opening her belly to extract her child, in the first federal execution of a woman in nearly seven decades in the North American country. .

Montgomery was sentenced for strangling an eight-month pregnant woman and ripping her baby from her womb, who survived. The woman has been executed by lethal injection in an Indiana prison, as confirmed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

The execution was carried out shortly after the Supreme Court lifted the suspension issued by an appeals court, following the defense demands for Montgomery’s mental state after “a lifetime of sexual torture at the hands of his caretakers”. as the NBC television network has collected.

The Donald Trump Administration announced in 2019 the end of the moratorium on executions at the federal level and in recent months seven people have been executed. The president-elect, Joe Biden, has shown his intention to reinstate the moratorium once he accedes to the White House.

An informal moratorium on the death penalty had existed in the United States until 2019 since the 2003 execution of Louis Jones. However, capital punishment has continued to be applied in each of the 29 states in which it is contemplated.


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