US carries out its 1st execution of female inmate since 1953

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Lisa Montgomery will be the first woman to be federally executed in nearly 70 years when her death sentence is carried out on Dec. 8 at the U.S. penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana. (Photo: Attorneys for Lisa Montgomery)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. government has carried out its first execution of a female inmate in nearly seven decades.

Authorities executed a Kansas woman who strangled an expectant mother in Missouri and cut the baby from her womb.

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Lisa Montgomery was pronounced dead at 1:31 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a lethal injection at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Montgomery killed 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett in Skidmore, Missouri.

She was the 11th prisoner executed since July, when President Donald Trump resumed federal executions following 17 years without one.

President-elect Joe Biden, a death penalty opponent, will be sworn-in next week.

A federal judge on Tuesday halted two other executions scheduled for this week after the inmates tested positive for COVID-19.