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Sixteen years after she killed a Missouri woman and after a flurry of last-minute appeals and counterappeals, Lisa Montgomery was executed early Wednesday.

Montgomery died by lethal injection shortly after 12:30 am Central time, better than six hours after her stated execution time. Montgomery received several stays of execution starting in late November when her defense team contracted coronavirus, but the US Supreme Court eventually cleared the way for the execution to take place. Her defense team had been seeking clemency, saying she was a victim of repeated sexual abuse as a child and her mental health had worsened over time.

The 52-year-old Montgomery killed Bobbie Jo Stinnett in December 2004 after Montgomery drove to Missouri, ostensibly to buy a puppy. Montgomery cut Stinnett's baby from the womb and tried to pass the baby off as her own but later confessed to the crime. She was convicted in 2007.

Montgomery was the only woman on federal death row and is just the third woman in US history to be executed. The two other executions, Bonnie Brown Heady for kidnapping and murder and Ethel Rosenberg for espionage, happened in 1953.

Montgomery's execution comes just days before Joe Biden is sworn in as president. Biden opposes the death penalty and says he plans to halt any use of the procedure.

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