Lawyers: Woman on US death row not competent for execution

Federal Executions

This undated image provided by Attorneys for Lisa Montgomery shows Lisa Montgomery, who is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Dec. 8, 2020, at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Ind. Montgomery was convicted of fatally strangling a pregnant woman, cutting her body open and kidnapping her baby. (Attorneys for Lisa Montgomery via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for the only woman on federal death row are asking a judge to halt her execution and arguing she isn’t competent and can’t be put to death. Lisa Montgomery is scheduled to be executed on Tuesday at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind.

Her lawyers filed a petition Friday in federal court in Indiana seeking to halt the execution. They argue that putting her to death would violate her constitutional rights because she “has brain damage, severe mental illness, and suffered a lifetime of sexual torture.” Montgomery is one of three inmates scheduled to be executed by the Justice Department next week.

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