A killer who was raped by her stepdad in a specially-constructed room licked her lips and experienced body throbs as she was executed. Lisa Montgomery, 52, appeared ‘momentarily bewildered’ as the curtains of the execution chamber in Terre Haute, Indiana, were opened to observers in the early hours of Wednesday.
Montgomery’s mask was removed by her executioner, who asked if she had any last words. America’s only female death row prisoner said ‘No,’ and was seen tapping her fingers nervously as two IV drips began pumping a deadly pentobarbital solution into her arms.
The killer was seen licking her lips and heard to gasp, with Montgomery’s chest also seen throbbing during her final moments. She was pronounced dead at 1:30am, around 12 minutes after the procedure began.
Montgomery is the first woman executed by the US federal government since 1953, over the 2004 murder of Bobbie Jo Stinnett in Melvern, Kansas. Stinnett, a heavily-pregnant dog breeder, was murdered by Montgomery after she posed as a prospective buyer online, before turning up at her home.
Montgomery cut Stinnett’s unborn baby daughter from her womb and fled the bloody scene, with the infant later rescued by police. She was sentenced to death because of the level of planning involved in the horrific killing, with Stinnett’s friends and family supporting the execution.
Lawyers for Montgomery had unsuccessfully argued that she was too mentally-ill to be executed, and had pleaded for her sentence to be commuted to life without parole.
Montgomery’s lawyers, as well as anti-capital punishment campaigners, had also highlighted her horrific childhood. They said she was ‘broken before she was born’ due to her mother’s alcoholism, which saw Montgomery delivered with severe brain damage.
Montgomery’s stepdad proceeded to rape her in a specially-built room at their trailer from when she was 11, and invited other pedophiles over to join in with him, it was said. And her mother is said to have pimped the youngster out to men for money.
Attempts to contact police about the abuse were ignored. And Diane Mattingly – Montgomery’s sister – says she was only saved from a similar fate by being placed in foster care.
Montgomery becomes the 11th federal prisoner to be put to death since President Trump ordered government executions to resume after a 17 year hiatus last July. Other executions which took place in the interim were carried out by individual states.
Montgomery is also likely to be the last federal prisoner to be executed for the foreseeable future, with Joe Biden set to halt the practice when he takes office next week.
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