Attorneys for the first woman set to be executed by the federal government in nearly 70 years have contracted COVID-19 – and now want her sentence delayed as they continue to seek clemency in the case.
Lisa Montgomery, who was convicted in 2007 of strangling a pregnant woman, stealing her unborn baby from her womb and passing the child off as her own, is set to die by lethal injection on Dec. 8.
Montgomery’s attorneys, Amy Harwell and Kelley Henry, filed a lawsuit Thursday asking a federal judge to give them more time to prep their client’s clemency request after coming down with the virus during trips to Texas late last month, the Washington Post reported.
Harwell and Henry blame Attorney General William Barr for setting Montgomery’s execution date in October as cases of coronavirus continue to skyrocket in the US and other parts of the world.
Montgomery is expected to be transferred to the federal prison in Terre