U.S. woman Lisa Montgomery was executed on Tuesday for kidnapping and murder charges she committed in 2004.
She was accused of killing a 23-year old pregnant woman Bobbie Jo Stinnett by strangulation and then kidnapped her baby by cutting it out of the womb of the lady.
The victim died due to blood loss while her baby was safely returned to the family. Lisa is the first female to be executed in almost 7 decades in the early hours of Wednesday morning by lethal injection.
After the execution, the defense lawyer has criticized the U.S. administration for using its powers to execute a mentally disabled person who was unaware of the fact that she had murdered or what would happen to her.
The U.S. Supreme Court earlier lifted the stay of the execution and rejected the plea for the delay in the execution.
According to the defense, “The convict was a mentally disabled person since her birth and so was not in a state of mind to judge how horrific crime she had committed.”
They further added, “Lisa was unaware of the murder, the way she is unaware of her punishment sentenced by the court.” The opinion of the defense lawyer was supported by several current and former lawyers and the Inter-American Commission of Human rights.
Montgomery’s lawyers say her horrible crime was preceded by years of abuse and mental illness. Doctors who have examined Montgomery say she has bipolar disorder and brain damage.
She has said that God speaks to her through connect-the-dot puzzles, according to court affidavits. Her mother abused her and her stepfather repeatedly raped her, her lawyers say.
While the victim’s family believes that in spite of her unawareness, she wasn’t supposed to live as she can repeat any crime again.
Lisa was to be executed last month but due to infection of coronavirus to two of her lawyers delayed it. On Monday a federal judge in Indiana stayed her execution so the court could establish her competency.
On Tuesday, however, an appeals court panel overruled this stay, saying it could have been brought earlier. Two further courts – in the district of Columbia and the eighth circuit court – issued their own separate stays. But the US supreme court ruled on Tuesday that the execution could proceed, as it has done in all previous Trump-era executions.
She was declared dead at 01:31 (06:31 GMT) on wednesday. Montgomery’s lawyer, Kelley Henry, said that everyone who had participated in the execution “should feel shame”.
Since 2003, the U.S. had stopped the federal executions which were restarted by the Trump administration last year which resulted in the most number of executions in a single year counting to 10.
Newly elected president of U.S. Joe Biden who is assumed to take charge of a presidential seat next week is against the federal executions and has pledged to eliminate it.