Federal Government Executes First Woman Since 1953

(Terre Haute, IN) – Following a brief stay of execution, the first woman to be put to death in a federal prison in nearly seven decades was executed early this morning in Terre Haute. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled just before midnight that Lisa Montgomery’s execution could proceed. The stay had been granted to determine her mental competence. She was put to death by lethal injection and pronounced dead this morning at 1:31 am Indiana time. Montgomery was on the federal death row in Terre Haute for killing a pregnant woman and cutting her baby out of her stomach back in 2004. She is the first woman to be put to death in federal prison since 1953. Montgomery is the 11th prisoner to be executed since July.