Lisa Montgomery, Brandon Bernard: US plans to execute first woman after 1953


Lisa Montgomery in December 2004

The Justice Department says that Lisa Montgomery hopes to receive a lethal injection on 8 December. In 2004, he was convicted of strangling a Missouri woman who was eight months pregnant, then biting and kidnapping the child.

Bonnie Brown Heidi, the last woman executed by the US government, on December 18, 1953, for kidnapping and murder, according to US Prison Bureau records.

Also in 1953, Ethel Rosenberg was made famous for espionage with her husband Julius.

Montgomery’s execution will be the eighth of the Department of Justice this year after a 17-hearing hiatus.
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The ninth execution would be Brandon Bernard, convicted in 1999 of killing two young ministers on a military reservation in Texas. He is to be executed by lethal injection on 10 December.

Bernard’s co-defendant, Christopher Vialva, was killed on 22 September.

Montgomery and Bernard are both held in federal prison in Terre Hoot, Indiana.

Prior to this year, the federal government had not executed anyone since 2003, and just four people since 1960, Bureau of Prison records show.

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