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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.



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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