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US executes first woman on death row in 70 years

Jan 13, 2021 13:34 IST

The US government on Wednesday executed convicted murderer Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row. The execution came after the Supreme Court cleared the last hurdle by overturning a stay. Montgomery’s execution marked the first time the US government has implemented the death sentence for a female prisoner since 1953. Montgomery was convicted in 2007 in Missouri for kidnapping and killing an eight-month pregnant woman and ripping foetus apart from her womb. Montgomery’s lawyers asked for Trump’s clemency last week.

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