Lisa Montgomery: Only woman on US federal death row to face execution

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A US appeals court has lifted a stay of execution on the only woman awaiting a federal death penalty. In December 2004, Montgomery drove from Kansas to the home of Bobbie Jo Stinnett, in Missouri, purportedly to purchase a puppy, according to a Department of Justice press release. “Once inside the residence, Montgomery attacked and strangled Stinnett — who was eight months pregnant — until the victim lost consciousness,” it says. Montgomery cut into Stinnett’s body to remove the baby, which she took with her in an attempt to pass it off as her own. In 2007, a jury found Montgomery guilty of federal kidnapping resulting in death, and unanimously recommended a death sentence. But Montgomery’s lawyers say she experienced brain damage from beatings as a child and is mentally unwell, so should not face the death penalty.