For the first time in 70 years, a woman is being executed in the US …

Lisa Montgomery receives a lethal injection on December 8.

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Lisa Montgomery, an American who strangled a pregnant woman and then cut the baby from her womb, will face the death penalty on December 8. It is the first time in 70 years that that sentence will be carried out on a woman in the US.

The woman was convicted as early as 2007, but a court has now set a date for the lethal injection to take place. The gruesome story took place in 2004 when Lisa Montgomery started telling family and friends that she was pregnant. At the same time, she made contact with Bobbie Jo Stinnett, a heavily pregnant woman who sold dogs. They started talking online and made an appointment on December 16, 2004 to buy a dog. On the day of the appointment, Montgomery strangled the pregnant woman with a pink rope. She cut the baby out of the womb and tried to convince her family that it was her baby. The child survived the entire incident. It soon became apparent that Montgomery had murdered the woman and the investigators were able to arrest the woman.

During the trial, the investigators argued that the act was clearly planned. Montgomery had told her husband afterwards that she had given birth while shopping. That was quite unrealistic, since the woman had an operation after her fourth child, which prevented her from becoming pregnant. The defense also stated that Montgomery had serious psychological problems and therefore should not be sentenced to death, but admitted, but the jury ultimately did not take this into account. The baby eventually grew up with her daddy and is currently 16 years old.

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