USA: The only woman on death row may face execution

Last woman to be executed was back in 1953

A gavel and a name plate with the engraving Death Penalty

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Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on death row, maybe executed deemed a US appeals court. The inmate would be the first woman to be put to death in almost 70 years.

Montgomery was found guilty of strangling a pregnant woman before cutting out and kidnapping the baby in 2004. Her lawyers say she experienced violence as a child and is mentally unstable, so should not face the death penalty.

According to the Death Penalty Information Centre data, the last woman to be executed by the US government was Bonnie Heady. She was executed in a gas chamber in Missouri in 1953.

Federal executions had been on pause for 17 years before President Donald Trump ordered them to resume earlier last year.

President-elect Joe Biden will be taking office just days prior to the execution date. Himself once a fierce supporter of the death penalty, said that he will seek to end federal executions once he takes office.

U.S. government executes third man this week after 17-year hiatus
U.S. government executes third man this week after 17-year hiatus