BOBBIE Jo Stinnett was pregnant with a baby girl when was she brutally murdered in 2004.
A woman named Lisa Montgomery was convicted of the killing three years later and sentenced to death.
Who was Bobbie Jo Stinnett?
Stinnett was just 23 and pregnant when she was murdered in the northwest Missouri town of Skidmore in December of 2004.
The dog breeder was strangled and her baby was cut from her womb with a kitchen knife.
Her husband Zeb was working at the time his wife was killed.
Zeb “broke down” when he was told what happened.
How pregnant was she when she was murdered?
Stinnett was eight months pregnant when she was murdered.
Montgomery used a rope to strangle Stinnett, and then brutally removed the baby girl from the womb with a knife.
The killer took the child with her and attempted to pass the girl off as her own, according to prosecutors.
Montgomery met Stinnett online – she pretended to be pregnant to bond with Stinnett and said she was interested in buying a rat terrier.
Does Lisa Montgomery suffer from mental illness?
Law enforcement officers stand outside the residence of Bobbi Jo Stinnett on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004
Montgomery’s lawyers have argued that their client suffers from serious mental illnesses.
“It is difficult to grasp the extremity of the horrors Lisa suffered from her earliest childhood, including being raped by her stepfather, handed off to his friends for their use, sold to groups of adult men by her own mother and repeatedly gang raped, and relentlessly beaten and neglected,” lawyer Sandra Babcock said in a statement.
“No one intervened to help Lisa, though many knew what was happening to her.
“No other woman has been executed for a similar crime, because most prosecutors have recognized that it is inevitably the product of trauma and mental illness.
“Executing Lisa Montgomery would be yet another injustice inflicted on a woman who has known a lifetime of mistreatment.”
On December 16, 2004, Montgomery arrived at Stinnett’s Missouri home pretending to be “Darlene Fischer”.
Montgomery had researched home births and how to perform cesarean sections online before the attack – which left a horrific scene discovered by Stinnett’s mom, Becky Harper, an hour later.
Harper tearfully said at Montgomery’s trial: “There was blood everywhere. She was laying on the floor.
“It looked like she exploded all over the place.”
What happened to the baby?
Miraculously, the baby survived and was rescued by cops.
Victoria was returned to her dad and she turned 16 on December 16 , 2020.
Coupled with emails found on Stinnett’s computer, cops quickly focused on Montgomery as a suspect in the killing.
When investigators arrived at Montgomery’s farmhouse in Kansas, they found her sitting in the living room with a newborn in her arms.
DNA testing confirmed the baby’s identity and cops charged Montgomery.
On October 22, 2007, the jury found Montgomery guilty and, a few days later, she was sentenced to death.
When was Montgomery executed?
Her execution date was originally set for December 8, 2020, however it was moved to January 12, 2021, after her lawyers contracted coronavirus.
Just hours before she was due to be given a lethal injection, judge James Patrick Hanlon blocked the execution on the grounds of mental health.
However, the Supreme Court overturned the stay of execution and upheld Montgomery’s original sentence.
Montgomery, now 52, was moved to the Terre Haute prison in Indiana, where she received the lethal injection on January 13, 2021 and pronounced dead at 1.31am.
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