Lisa Montgomery was convicted in 2007 in Missouri for kidnapping and strangling Bobbie Jo Stinnett, then eight months pregnant.

The United States Supreme Court overturned the stay of execution of convicted murderer Lisa Montgomery by the 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals, paving the way for the death penalty for the only woman sentenced to death in the United States. United States, which doctors call brain-damaged and mentally ill.

Montgomery’s execution would mark the first time the U.S. government has used the death penalty for a female prisoner since 1953.

Several federal courts have challenged the authorization to allow the execution of Montgomery, 52, who was initially to be killed by lethal injections of pentobarbital, a potent barbiturate, at 6 p.m. EST (11 p.m. GMT) on Tuesday during the execution of the Ministry of Justice. room of his prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Kelley Henry, Montgomery’s attorney, in scathing remarks, called the ongoing execution a “vicious, illegal and unnecessary exercise of authoritarian power.”

“No one can credibly dispute Ms. Montgomery’s long-standing debilitating mental illness – first diagnosed and treated by the Bureau of Prisons’ own doctors,” Henry said in a statement.

Montgomery was convicted in 2007 in Missouri for kidnapping and strangling Bobbie Jo Stinnett, then eight months pregnant. Montgomery cut Stinnett’s fetus from the womb. The child survived.

Some of Stinnett’s relatives have traveled to witness Montgomery’s execution, the Justice Department has said.

In another context, a US judge ordered the US Department of Justice to postpone the executions of two convicted murderers until at least March 16 to allow them to recover from COVID-19.

The two inmates, Cory Johnson and Dustin Higgs, were to be executed Thursday and Friday in the Department of Justice execution chamber of his prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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