A federal judge on Thursday temporarily blocked the execution of a notorious killer dubbed the “womb raider” — who killed a pregnant woman and cut out her baby — after her lawyers contracted coronavirus while visiting her in a federal lockup, a report said.
The order by Judge Randolph Moss in Washington, D.C., will stop the Bureau of Prisons from executing Lisa Montgomery until at least the end of the year, the Associated Press reported.
Montgomery, who was scheduled to be executed on Dec. 8, would be the first woman executed by the federal government in nearly 70 years. She was convicted in 2007 of strangling a pregnant woman to death in Missouri, cutting her unborn baby from her womb and attempting to raise the kid as her own.
Her attorneys, Kelley Henry and Amy Harwell, were seeking to delay her execution with a clemency petition when they contracted the deadly virus after visiting her in a Texas prison