Judge Halts Federal Execution Of Woman In Skidmore Murder After Lawyers Contract Virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge is temporarily blocking the federal government’s plan to execute the first female death row inmate in almost six decades after her attorneys contracted coronavirus visiting her in prison. The order was handed down Thursday by U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss in Washington. It prohibits the federal Bureau of Prisons from carrying out Lisa Montgomery’s execution before the end of the year.  She was scheduled to be put to death on Dec. 8 at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana for the death of Bobbi Jo Stinnett in 2004.  Montgomery’s attorneys had sought to delay the execution in order to file a clemency petition on her behalf.

Lisa Montgomery in 2004
This undated image provided by Attorneys for Lisa Montgomery shows Lisa Montgomery, who is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Dec. 8, 2020, at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Ind. Montgomery was convicted of fatally strangling a pregnant woman, cutting her body open and kidnapping her baby. (Attorneys for Lisa Montgomery via AP)
Bobbie Jo Stinnett