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Last-minute stay of execution for only woman on death row in US – Sydney Morning Herald

The 11th hour ruling, granted late in the night, was based on evidence that Lisa Montgomery could not understand the government’s rationale for her execution.

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Montgomery, who was due to be killed by lethal injection within the next 24 hours, was convicted in 2007 in Missouri for kidnapping and strangling Bobbie Jo Stinnett, then eight-months pregnant.
In December 2004, Montgomery drove about 270 kilometres from her Kansas farmhouse to the northwest Missouri town of Skidmore under the guise of adopting a puppy from Stinnett, a 23-year-old dog breeder. She strangled Stinnett with a rope before performing a crude caesarean and fleeing with the baby.
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