Lisa Montgomery was scheduled to be executed on December 8 after she was convicted in 2004 of strangling to death a Missouri woman who was eight months pregnant, cutting the baby out and kidnapping it. The baby survived.
The Justice Department had said it sought to reschedule Montgomery’s execution date for January 12, but Judge Randy Moss of the DC District Court wrote on Thursday that it didn’t follow the proper timeline under the previous court order, delaying the rescheduling of the execution date further.
“The district court’s decision requires the government to follow the law by not setting an execution date for Lisa Montgomery while a stay of execution is in place,” Sandra Babcock, one of Montgomery’s attorneys, said in a statement Thursday. “Given the severity of Mrs. Montgomery’s mental illness, the sexual and physical torture she endured throughout her life, and the connection between her trauma and the facts of her crime, we appeal to President (Donald) Trump to grant her mercy, and commute her sentence to life imprisonment.”
Biden has pledged to abolish the federal death penalty, and incentivize states to stop seeking death sentences.