Lisa Marie Montgomery is a white woman from Kansas, United States. She is set to be the first woman executed by the U.S. federal government since the execution of Bonnie Brown Heady in 1953.
Before committing a gruesome murder, Montgomery told her second husband Kevin Montgomery and her children, relatives, friends and neighbors that she was pregnant and was due in December 2014. Her former husband Carl Boman, who is also her stepbrother, knew that was a lie because she had an irreversible tubal ligation in 1990.
After the irreversible procedure, Lisa claimed to be pregnant at least five times, twice with Boman and three times with Kevin. To cover up her lie, she resorted to the internet and found Bobbie Jo Stinnett, a factory worker and dog breeder who lived in Missouri, USA.
Stinnett posted photos of her pregnancy on her dog-breeding website. She was eight months pregnant when Lisa murdered her and stole her baby.
Frederick Duchardt led Lisa’s defense team and asserted that she had false pregnancy, which is clinically termed pseudocyesis. Here are 13 more things about her:
- She is the daughter of John Patterson and Judy Shaughnessy, (a) the older sister of Patty Baldwin, the younger paternal half-sister of Diane Mattingly (b) and the stepsister of Becky Perkey and Teddy Kleiner. (c)
- In 1972, her biological parents divorced. Mattingly was placed with a foster family while she and Baldwin stayed with their mother, who married Jack Kleiner. (b)
- In 1981, Jack built a special room in his trailer where he repeatedly sexually attacked her. In 1984, her mother caught him raping her. Instead of punishing the stepfather, the mother held a gun against her daughter’s head. (b)
- In 1986, he married Carl. She gave birth to their first child Desiree Boman in 1987. (d) In 1990, she gave birth to their fourth child more than two months premature so her doctor recommended tubal ligation. During their marriage, Carl physically and sexually abused her. She had the custody of their four children after their divorce. (a)
- Carl planned to take her to court and use her faked pregnancy to gain custody of two of their four children and a custody hearing was set for January 25, 2005. On December 15, 2004, she called him to tell him she was going to prove him wrong. On the same day, using the name Darlene Fischer, she contacted Stinnett in a Rat Terrier chatroom called Ratter Chatter and asked about the rat terriers she was selling and they agreed to meet the next day in the house of the latter. (b)
- On December 16, 2004, she drove from her house in Melvern, Kansas to Stinnett’s house in Skidmore, Missouri to purchase a rat terrier puppy. Once inside the residence, she attacked Stinnett and used a rope to strangle the eight-month pregnant woman until she lost consciousness. The victim regained consciousness when she used a kitchen knife to cut into her abdomen. She then strangled the victim to death, removed the baby from the her body and took the baby with her. (b) She was 36 years old when she killed Stinnett. (c)
- On December 17, 2004, she called Kevin and told him that she just gave birth to a baby girl at a birthing center in Topeka, Kansas and asked him to pick her and the baby up at a Long John Silver’s in Topeka. Back home in Melvern, they showed the baby to their neighbors and told them she was their daughter, who they named Abigail. On the same day, she was arrested. (a) The baby was united with her father Zeb Stinnett and was named Victoria Jo. (c)
- On October 9, 2007, both Carl and Kevin testified in court. On October 22, 2007, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri found her guilty of federal kidnapping resulting in death and unanimously recommended a death sentence. (a)
- On April 4, 2008, U.S. District Judge Gary Fenner formally sentenced her to death in Kansas City, Missouri. (e)
- On March 19, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court denied her certiorari petition, which seeks judicial review of a decision of a lower court or government agency. (b)
- On October 16, 2020, 85th U.S. attorney general William Barr scheduled her for lethal injection on December 8, 2020 at U.S. Penitentiary Terre Haute in Indiana, USA. (f) She was incarcerated at Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, USA and will remain there until she is transferred to the site of her execution. (g)
- On November 20, 2020, DC District Court Judge Randolph Moss delayed her execution until December 31, 2020 because her lawyers Amy Harwell and Kelley Henry contracted the new coronavirus (COVID-19). The judge noted that the lawyers have to request additional and experienced counsel to assist if they have not recovered by December 24, 2020. On November 23, 2020, Federal Bureau of Prisons director Michael Carvajal rescheduled her execution date for January 12, 2021. On December 24, 2020, Moss ruled the Justice Department unlawfully rescheduled Montgomery’s execution and he vacated an order from the Bureau of Prisons. (h)
- On January 1, 2021, a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit concluded that Moss erred when he vacated her execution date. Her lawyers are trying their best to delay the execution date until January 20, 2021, the inauguration of 46th U.S. president Joe Biden, who opposes the death penalty. Mattingly, her half-sister, tried to ask help from 45th U.S. president Donald Trump to have her death sentence commuted to life imprisonment. (i) With only hours before her execution, a federal judge put a temporary stop to it on January 11, 2021 pending a mental competency review. (g)
- a. Supreme Court of the United States
- b. petition for executive clemency on behalf of Lisa Marie Montgomery filed by her lawyers Kelley J. Henry, Amy D. Harwell and Lisa G. Nouri
- c. CBS News
- d. The Oklahoman
- e. Digital Journal
- f. U.S. Department of Justice
- g. NBC News
- h. WJHG
- i. KY3