Federal executions continue; First woman set to be executed in more than 60 years


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Two more federal death row inmates have been scheduled for execution at the Terre Haute Federal Penitentiary.

Lisa Montgomery would be the first woman to be executed by the federal government in more than 60 years. She was convicted in 2007 by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri for the 2004 murder of Bobbie Jo Stinnett.

She strangled Stinnett, who was pregnant at the time, and cut the baby from her womb. Montgomery kept the child and attempted to pass the baby of as her own.

She is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection on Dec. 8.

Brandon Bernard is scheduled to be executed 2 days later on Dec. 10 for his role in the 1999 murder of Todd and Stacie Bagley.

Bernard and his accomplices carjacked the Iowa youth ministers before putting them in the trunk of the car.

They then shot Todd and Stacie in the head, killing him and knocking Stacie unconscious, before setting the car on fire on the Fort Hood military base. One of his accomplices, Christopher Vialva, was executed last month.

Indiana State Police have been working with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and city and county law enforcement agencies to prepare for the upcoming executions.

Sgt. Matt Ames, Public Information Officer for ISP, said they are anticipating for protesters to gather near the prison.

“We’re going to make sure that we’re providing a safe environment for everyone involved. Whether they’re pro-executions or against executions, we’ll allow them to voice their first amendment rights and make sure they’re doing it peacefully.”

There will be no road closures during these upcoming executions on State Road 63 or Springhill Drive. This decision was made after the ACLU filed a lawsuit claiming that Indiana State Police set up barricades to interfere with protesting efforts.

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