Lisa Montgomery: Woman who killed mother, cut baby from womb protests transfer to male prison for execution in Jan
Lisa Montgomery, 43, an inmate at the all-female Federal Medical Center-Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, is scheduled for death by lethal injection on January 12
An Indiana death row inmate is reportedly fighting to stay at her current prison as she is ordered to be transferred to an all-male prison for execution. Lisa Montgomery, 43, an inmate at the all-female Federal Medical Center-Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, is scheduled for death by lethal injection on January 12. However, the only federal prison that currently conducts executions is FCC Terre Haute in Indiana, an all-male prison.
Last month, Montgomery's lawyers and the ACLU filed a lawsuit against Attorney General William Barr and several federal prisons in a bid to stop Montgomery's transfer to FCC Terre Haute, arguing that such a move would cause “immediate and serious harm.”
“Transfer to an all-male prison will inflict further gratuitous suffering on Mrs. Montgomery and will likely trigger a catastrophic psychiatric breakdown,” lawyer Robin Nunn wrote in the complaint, Dallas Morning News reported.
Montgomery received the death penalty for brutally killing pregnant 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett in 2004. The sickening murder saw Montgomery cut Stinnett's baby out of her with a carving knife at the victim's Skidmore, Missouri, residence.
According to the report, Montgomery was faking her own pregnancy when she met Stinnett online and expressed interest in purchasing her dog. The duo decided to meet on December 16, 2004, at Stinnett's home to discuss the same.
But once Montgomery entered the home, investigators believe she strangled Stinnett with a rope and used a kitchen knife to cut the baby out of her womb, according to a report by the Daily Mail.
Stinnett was reportedly found by her own mother bleeding in the living room hours after the attack. “She is laying on the floor with blood everywhere,” her mother Becky Harper told a 911 dispatcher. “She was pregnant. … It’s like her guts have exploded or something.”
While the baby girl miraculously survived, Montgomery tried to pretend she was hers. The following day, police arrested the killer at her Melvern, Kansas, home. They found Stinnett's baby inside the residence, reportedly with Montgomery holding her in her arms while watching the news about the missing baby on TV. The baby, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was returned to her biological father and is now 16 years old.
Prosecutors presented evidence in court that showed how Montgomery had devised a story about going into labor while on a shopping trip, despite having undergone tubal ligation in 1990. Nodaway County Sheriff Randy Strong, who was part of the case since the beginning, said the murder and abduction had been "meticulously planned."
However, Montgomery's lawyers argued that childhood sexual abuse and trauma were partly to blame for the incident. What's more? They even claimed that being transferred to an all-male facility would subject their client to more abuse by men.
“The armed guards that have transported death row prisoners at FCC Terre Haute have been all-male, dressed in body armor and helmets, and carrying military weapons,” the lawsuit stated. “Transferring a woman who is mentally ill — because of years of abuse at the hands of men — to an all-male maximum-security prison, where she will be surrounded male prisoners and constantly surveilled by male guards without the required training or experience with respect to female prisoners, will have a foreseeable and catastrophic impact on Mrs. Montgomery," it added.
In response, the federal government declared that Montgomery’s issues regarding the prison transfer were “speculative and unfounded," stressing that the killer was “not entitled to micromanage the conditions of her confinement for her own comfort and convenience.”