A Kansas woman convicted of strangling a pregnant woman, amputating her body and abducting her baby in 2004 is set to be executed in December, marking the first example of a female prisoner murdered in more than six decades, officials said Friday. .
The woman, Lisa Montgomery, was convicted in 2007 of a federal kidnapping that resulted in the death associated with a planned kidnapping scheme. The U.S. Department of Justice says Montgomery is scheduled for lethal injection on Dec. 8 at U.S. Penitentiary Terre Haute in Indiana.
“His conviction and verdict were substantiated in the appeal, and his request for collateral relief was denied by every court considering it,”; the Justice Department said in a statement.
Montgomery traveled from Kansas to the home of his victim Bobbie Jo Stinnett, 23, in Missouri, pretending to buy a puppy, prosecutors said. Upon arrival, Montgomery strangled Stinnett until he lost consciousness and used a kitchen knife to cut off his baby. When Stinnett regained consciousness and attempted a fight, Montgomery strangled him and fled with the boy.
A jury rejected the defense argument that Montgomery was suffering from delusions at the time, found him guilty and recommended the death penalty.
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The Trump administration resumed implementing federal inmates earlier this summer for the first time in nearly two decades.
The Department of Justice has also scheduled Brandon Bernard, a 40-year-old man convicted of murder in 1999 by two Texas youth ministers. He is scheduled to be killed by a deadly injection on December 10.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.