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Inside Edition 13 Jan 2021

Lisa Montgomery's Lawyers Say Her Execution Was Wrong


Lisa Montgomery has become the first woman in 67 years to be executed by the federal government. In a controversial decision made in the 11th hour by the Supreme Court, Montgomery was put to death early Wednesday morning, despite pleas from her lawyers that she was mentally incompetent and a victim of "sexual torture" herself. In 2004, Montgomery strangled a woman who was 8 months pregnant and cut her unborn baby from womb. The child survived and is now 16 years old.

In 2004, Lisa Montgomery was arrested after she murdered 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett in Missouri, who was eight months pregnant. She was later convicted of capital murder and federal kidnapping -- leading to a death sentence. Now on the eve of her execution, her sister, Diane Mattingly, spoke to CBSN's Lana Zak about why Montgomery should be given clemency for her crimes.

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