US carries out first federal execution of a woman in nearly seven decades

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An appeals court granted Montgomery a stay of execution on Tuesday, shortly after another appeals court lifted an Indiana judge’s ruling that found she was likely mentally ill and couldn’t comprehend she would be put to death. But both appeals were lifted, allowing the execution of the only female on federal death row to go forward.

One of Montgomery’s lawyers, Kelley Henry, told the Associated Press on Tuesday morning that her client arrived at the Terre Haute facility late Monday night from a Texas prison and that, because there were no facilities for female inmates, she was being kept in a cell in the execution-chamber building itself. “I don’t believe she has any rational comprehension of what’s going on at all,” Henry said.

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