Federal government executes woman accused of murder and kidnapping in NW Missouri

Lisa Montgomery

A federal death row inmate, accused of a heinous crime in northwest Missouri, is executed; making her the first female executed by the federal government in 67 years.

CBS News reports the Supreme Court cleared the way for the execution of Lisa Montgomery late on Tuesday.  She was executed by lethal injection at an Indiana facility.

Montgomery was on death row for fatally strangling 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett at her home in Skidmore in 2004.  Montgomery then took a knife and cut Stinnett’s baby from her womb.  She was arrested the following day after pretending the baby was her own. 

Montgomery’s attorney and sister attempted to stop the execution, claiming Montgomery wasn’t mentally competent after years of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her mother and stepfather.