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COVID 19 Puts Executioner at bay

Liza Montgomery pictured in a police mug shot after her arrest

There are more exciting and stunning tales surrounding the coronavirus story in the united states than the mere ravage of the pandemic expressed in the record of cases of infections and mortality tallies.
And one of those interesting and hilarious sides indicates that two federal inmates who are listed to be put to death next month may escape the executioner for life and, perhaps, have their sentences commuted to life imprisonment. Reason being that they have tested positive for coronavirus. And that has prompted their lawyers to seek a stay of execution in the country where the Donald Trump administration has restarted federal execution in July, after 17-year pause.
Even in spite of the grim reality that Trump has sentenced more people in a year than any other administration in the country in more than 130 years, with 10 death authorization within a span of five months, the latest coronavirus-tincted tale may unfold a new lease of life, as a federal judge in the district of Columbia halted the execution of the only woman on the country’s death row. And who would have passed as the first female federal inmate to die by execution.

Liza Montgomery in a cell


She was due to be executed by lethal injection in the state of Indiana this month. But the judge halted it after her lawyers caught coronavirus shortly after travelling to a federal prison in Texas to visit her in November. The lawyer then requested more time to file a clemency petition and other arguments before the courts.
The judge also ruled that justice department had unlawfully rescheduled her execution and scrapped an order that sets another execution date for 12 January. He said it was not made in accordance with law because a stay of execution was in effect when the decision was made by the Director of the Bureau of Prisons.
The convict, 52-year-old Liza Montgomery, was arraigned for strangling Bobbie Jo Stinnett, an eight-month pregnant woman in the small town of Skidmore, Missouri, back in December, one week to Christmas in 2004, under the guise of purchasing a puppy.

Bobbie Jo Stinnett in a high school Year Book photo four years before she was murdered
credit: Getty images

Montgomery then opened Stinnett and moved her fetus out with a kitchen knife, stirring a national outcry because it was so heinous.
The child survived and was retrieved the next day at a farm house in Melvin, Kansas.

Zeb Stinnett with his miracle baby, Victoria Jo, after she was retrieved from Montgomery
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She is now 16-year old and lives with her father.
Prosecutors said Montgomery, after the knife attack, fled with the baby and attempted to pass her off as her own, proudly announcing the birth of her baby to friends and family. Her lawyers and family members argued Montgomery suffers from “bipolar disorder and complex post-traumatic stress disorder, and regularly dissociates and hallucinates” after years of rape, physical and mental abuse.

Memorial to Bobbie Jo in downtown Skidmore, Missouri
credit: Wiki


That this novel dimension of Montgomery’s endless cheat on death may put execution in doubt is presumable. The Bureau of prison is barred from setting a new date for execution until January 1, and the inmate must get 20 days’ notice. That raises the possibility of the execution pushed for after the inauguration of Joe Biden presidency. Biden opposes the death penalty and may try to scrap federal capital punishment when he takes office.

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