Wednesday, January 06, 2021
Just before the execution
Cruel murderess begs Trump for mercy
In the United States, for the first time in nearly 70 years, a woman is about to be executed. Lisa Montgomery was sentenced to death for a gruesome crime. Your last hope now is the incumbent US President Trump.
A week before her planned execution, a convicted murderer in the United States sought pardon from President Donald Trump. The lawyers of Lisa Montgomery, now 52, argued in her letter to Trump that her client was seriously mentally ill at the time of the crime in 2004. Montgomery had strangled a heavily pregnant woman and cut the baby out of her belly. The execution of the death sentence would be the first execution of a woman by US federal justice since 1953.
“Broken before birth, Lisa Montgomery’s life was full of agony, horror, failure and betrayal,” said the attorney’s petition for clemency. They appealed to the outgoing president: “You alone have the power to grant grace before justice.” Trump should overturn the death sentence and convert it to a life sentence with no appeal. With this he could set an example for women who were tortured and raped in their childhood.
Baby ripped from the belly
Montgomery was arrested in 2004 the day after the crime at her home in Skidmore, Missouri, about 250 kilometers from the crime scene. She had the kidnapped baby who survived the cruel act with her. Before she confessed, she told the police and her husband that she gave birth to the girl herself.
The victim of the bloody act was the 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett, who was expecting the first child with her husband. Montgomery, then already a mother of four children, had gained access to her on the pretext of wanting to buy a dog that Stinnett bred. On December 16, 2004, Montgomery strangled the eight month pregnant woman and then cut her stomach open to tear out the baby. According to the autopsy report, Stinnett was temporarily still conscious. The police found Stinnett’s body covered in blood.
Montgomery was sentenced to death for the act in 2007. The Department of Justice ruled in her case last year, as it did with twelve other death row inmates in federal prisons, that the executions should be carried out. Previously, executions by federal justice had been suspended for 17 years. The outgoing President Trump is a proponent of the death penalty. His Democratic successor Joe Biden will take office on January 20, just eight days after Montgomery’s planned execution.