Feds to execute a woman for the first time in more than six decades
Lisa Montgomery is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Dec. 8. She would be the ninth federal inmate to put to death this year.
Lisa Montgomery scheduled for execution in Bobbie Jo Stinnett killing Man also scheduled for execution after 1999 killings
The Justice Department on Friday also scheduled the execution of a man convicted in the 1999 killing of two youth ministers in Texas. Brandon Bernard, 40, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Dec. 10.
Bernard and his co-defendant, Christopher Vialva, were convicted in the 1999 kidnapping and killing of Todd and Stacie Bagley, an Iowa couple who had stopped to use a payphone in Killeen, Texas. The couple agreed to give Vialva and two others a ride, authorities said. Vialva pulled out a gun, forced the couple into the trunk and drove around for several hours, stopping at ATMs to withdraw cash and attempting to pawn the woman’s wedding ring, according to prosecutors. Both the victims were shot in the head and placed in the trunk of their car, which then was set on fire.
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