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US executes female inmate, first in 67 years

Lisa Montgomery was sentenced to death in 2007. Photo: BBC

Lisa Montgomery, the only female inmate on federal death row in the US,  has been executed for murder.

BBC reports that she received a lethal injection at a prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, after a last-minute stay of execution was lifted by the US Supreme Court.

The case has attracted attention because her lawyers argued she was mentally ill and suffered serious abuse as a child.

The 52-year-old strangled a pregnant woman before cutting out and kidnapping her baby in Missouri in 2004. Her victim, 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett, bled to death.

Montgomery is the first female federal inmate to be put to death by the US government in 67 years.

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