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Lisa Montgomery was executed by lethal injection on Wednesday for strangling a pregnant woman and cutting her baby from her womb.

Montgomery was put to death at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana on Jan. 13, just after midnight. She declined a Chaplain's offer to pray over her.

When asked if she had any final words, she whispered "No," her voice muffled by a face mask.

Montgomery was pronounced dead at 1:31 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Outgoing President Donald Trump ordered the executions of four Black men and one woman. Montgomery was the last on Trump's execution list to die before he leaves office on Jan. 20.

Trump's administration executed 10 federal death row inmates in 2020 -- more than any other president in a single year.

Montgomery, 52, won a reprieve on Christmas Eve when a judge granted a stay of execution. But after the Trump administration fought back, the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a DC court's stay of execution on Tuesday, clearing the way for the Kansas woman to be put to death.

Nashville public defender Kelley Henry argued that her client suffered from a mental illness caused by childhood abuse, rape and torture. She said Montgomery had been "issued the highest mental health designation."

"The craven bloodlust of a failed administration was on full display tonight," Henry, said in a statement after Montgomery was executed.

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Family members came forward with childhood horror stories of Montgomery being gang raped for hours by her stepfather and his friends, who beat her and urinated on her when they were done.

Montgomery's mother knew about the rapes but did nothing to stop them. She reportedly offered her teenage daughter to men in exchange for drugs.

Montgomery's unspeakable crimes took place in the sleepy town of Skidmore, Kansas in late 2004. Then-36-years-old, Montgomery met Bobbie Jo Stinnett, a 23-year-old dog breeder, in an online chatroom.

The killer arranged a meeting with Stinnett at the pregnant woman's home under the pretense that she was going there to purchase a puppy.

Montgomery, who had her tubes tied after the birth of her fourth child, was desperate for a newborn baby to save her marriage.

On Dec. 16, 2004, Montgomery arrived at Stinnett's home and strangled the eight months pregnant woman who fell unconscious.

Montgomery then took an unsanitary kitchen knife and sliced Stinnett's abdomen open, removing the premature baby girl. At some point during the procedure, Stinnett regained consciousness and fought for her life, only to be strangled to death.

Friends and family say Montgomery dressed the newborn baby girl in Winnie the Pooh outfits and paraded her around town as if the child was her own. She named the baby Abigail.

Stinnett's body was discovered by her mother, about an hour after the murder.

The following day, after forensic computer experts traced the online chat communication to Montgomery's computer, she was arrested at her home in Melvern, Kansas.

The newborn girl was returned to her father, Stinnett's grieving husband. The girl is now 16, and lives a quiet life out of the public eye.

Montgomery was the only woman on death row in the U.S. and the first woman to be executed by the federal government in 67 years.

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Kim Kardashian said she muted her phone during her final call with condemned inmate Brandon Bernard, so he couldn't hear her sobbing on the phone.

The reality star used her fame and clout to appeal to U.S. President Donald Trump to stay the execution of Bernard, which took place on Thursday night.

Kardashian took to Twitter to share her ordeal after she claimed she spoke to Bernard hours before he was put to death.

"Just spoke to Brandon for what will likely be the last time. Hardest call I’ve ever had," she tweeted. "Brandon, selfless as always, was focused on his family and making sure they are ok. He told me not to cry because our fight isn't over."

Bernard, 40, had been on death row since being sentenced in 2000 for his involvement in a carjacking and robbery that led to the deaths of Todd and Stacie Bagley on the Fort Hood military base in Killeen, Texas in 1999.

He was convicted of killing Stacie Bagley by setting her car on fire while she was still alive in the trunk.

Kardashian embellished the details of their final call, saying jailers offered the condemned man a "Sedative" before he went to the "chair."

Bernard died from a lethal injection containing a sedative and a drug to stop his heart. The lethal drugs are infused while the inmate is strapped to a gurney, not a chair.

Kardashian said:

"When he told me he's claustrophobic and they offered to give him a shot of Sedative to calm him down before they put him in the chair and he just didn't want to panic, I literally lost it. I had to mute my phone so he wouldn't hear me cry like that."

"(We) didn't say goodbye (because) we wanted to be hopeful that we would talk again," she added drastically. "We said talk to you soon!"

Bernard was pronounced dead at 9:27 p.m. after the Supreme Court denied his last-minute stay of execution.

Four more inmates are scheduled to die at the Indiana federal prison. Alfred Bourgeois will be executed on Friday, Dec. 11. Bourgeois was sentenced to death for the torture and murder of his 2-year-old daughter.

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Kim Kardashian paid tribute to convicted cop killer Nathaniel Woods, who was executed by lethal injection on Alabama's death row late Thursday, March 5, despite heroic attempts by celebrities and politicians to save him.

Woods was pronounced dead at 10:01 p.m., 23 minutes after the execution process began. For his last meal, the 44-year-old requested sweet potatoes, spinach, chicken patty and leg quarter, cooked apples, fries, two oranges and an orange-flavored drink. But he only took one bite, according to ABC News.

Kardashian and other Woods supporters vented their anger and frustration at Alabama Governor Kay Ivey for refusing to halt Woods' execution after the Supreme Court lifted a last-minute stay of execution.

The 39-year-old reality star, who is known for her criminal justice reform activism, took to Twitter to mourn the Alabama man, who was sentenced to death after being convicted of fatally shooting three police officers in June 2004.

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"Nate will die for a crime another man confessed to and says Nate had nothing to do with. My heart and prayers are with Nate and his family and all the advocates who worked tirelessly to save his life," she wrote, before adding in a later tweet: "RIP Nathaniel Woods."

Despite her claims that Woods was innocent, media reports stated that Woods actively participated in the murder of three police officers Carlos Owen, Harley Chisolm and Charles Bennett.

Four officers went to Woods' apartment on the morning of June 4, 2004 to serve a misdemeanor warrant on the known crack dealer. While inside the apartment, Woods' roommate Kerry Spencer opened fire on the cops with a shotgun.

A surviving officer testified that Woods pointed out one of the officers for Spencer to shoot. Two of the officers were shot in the back. Woods and Spencer fled the apartment. Woods then surrendered to cops.

Spencer confessed to being the triggerman. He was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death. He now sits on Alabama's death row. Woods was also convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death.

Per Alabama law (and other jurisdictions), a criminal who participates in a capital murder is charged with capital murder as if his finger pulled the trigger.

While it was Spencer who committed the murders, prosecutors argued that Woods previously bragged about killing cops and it was his idea to ambush the officers.

Woods made headline news this week after Martin Luther King Jr's son took up his cause.

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Transracial activist Shaun King pleaded with his followers to call Gov. Ivey and ask her to halt the execution. But it was too little too late.

After Woods was executed, King vented his anger on Twitter.com.

"And it is done.

The State of Alabama just executed an innocent man. Nate Woods is dead.

We are crushed that Nate experienced this grizzly injustice and crushed for his family.

This is a modern day lynching. He broke no laws, at all. Never fired a gun. And surrendered."

Bernice King, youngest daughter of MLK, tweeted: "We must eradicate the #DeathPenalty in the U.S."

She quoted her late mother, Coretta Scott King: "As one whose husband and mother-in-law have died the victims of murder and assassination, I stand firmly and unequivocally opposed to the death penalty for those convicted of capital offenses.” #CorettaScottKing #SaveNate."

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Amanda Seales got the attention of transracial fraud Shaun King when she gave her opinion about convicted murderer Rodney Reed.

In a 9-minute Instagram live video, Seales said she didn't believe convicted rapist Rodney Reed was entirely innocent.

Seales, a 38-year-old comedienne, is best known for performing as part of the duo Floetry. She noted Reed's troublesome habit of leaving his DNA inside multiple rape victims.

"It's very duplicitous, not just his family, but persons who fancy themselves activists, were doing so with the knowledge that this person, Rodney Reed, is not just accused of but has been linked to previous rapes via his DNA being discovered within the victim,” Seales said.

But King, a Caucasian man who claims to be Black, "fact checked" Seales on social media.

"On behalf of the family of Rodney Reed, I have to respond here directly to @AmandaSeales," King wrote.

"We've counted over 20 egregious factual errors in her viral video, but NONE were more inflammatory and damaging than this one.

"Here, she says that Rodney Reed, who she fails to say was a high school student at the time, in Wichita Falls, Texas, raped and killed a woman there. LIES. ALL LIES. I am proud to report that only Amanda, in her rush to get a video out, killed that woman. She is thankfully still alive and well today. She was not murdered by Rodney or anyone else. And a jury voted quickly and unanimously to acquit Rodney on all charges in that case."

He added:

"Do you really think Rodney Reed duped The Innocence Project for the 18 years they’ve been on this case?

Do you think he duped the conservative Board of Pardons and Paroles and the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals?

BE SMART, people.

They saw the actual evidence.

WAKE UP!!"

In a second video, Seales apologized for her error, but she doubled down on her belief that Reed is not innocent because of his history of sexual assaults in Texas - beginning when he was in high school.

In 1997, Reed was charged with aggravated sexual assault and capital murder in the April 23, 1996 murder of Stacey Stites.

Stites, 21, was on her way to work at a grocery store on the morning of April 23, when she was murdered and her body dumped on the side of the road in Bastrop, Texas.

According to police, Stites had been beaten, sodomized, and strangled with her own belt in the hours before she died.

Police believe she was attacked in her fiancé's pickup truck, which she drove to work that morning. The truck was discovered abandoned at Bastrop High School at 5:30 a.m.

DNA found in and on Stites was matched to Rodney Reed - who claimed he didn't know Stites. Reed's DNA was in the system from a separate rape investigation.

After investigators told Reed his DNA was linked to saliva on the victim's chest and sperm cells found in the victim's vaginal cavity, he changed his story and claimed he had a consensual sexual relationship with Stites.

Investigators tested the DNA of 15 men, but only Reed's DNA matched the saliva and the sperm found inside the victim.

Reed claimed he lied about knowing the victim because she was "a dead white girl" who dated a cop in the south.

During Reed's trial, his defense attorneys were unable to present any evidence that he knew the victim prior to her murder.

He didn't know her phone number or where she lived. And no witnesses were called who could place them together at the same time in the days or weeks prior to her murder.

Reed's defense was unable to explain how his saliva was found on the victim's chest if they had consensual sex 24 hours earlier. Most people take a bath or a shower before going to work.

Reed's defense claimed Stites was murdered by her fiancé, a former cop who was later arrested and charged with a separate rape.

An all-white jury found Reed guilty on multiple charges of raping and murdering Stites, and he was sentenced to death.

Seales is not the only person who is confident that Reed is not an innocent victim, due to his troubled history of depositing his DNA in previous rape victims.

Legal analysts say the appeals board was correct to delay Reed's execution for 120 days, but Reed is far from an innocent victim.

The appeals court denied Reed's attorneys' request to reduce his death sentence to life in prison - an indication that his own attorneys know Reed will not be acquitted of rape and murder if he is granted a new trial.

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The lawyer for convicted killer Ray Cromartie ripped the state of Georgia for executing his client last night.

Cromartie, 52, died by lethal injection on Georgia's death row on Wednesday, Nov. 13. He was pronounced dead at 10:59 p.m. at the state prison in Jackson, Georgia, WSB-TV reports.

Cromartie was sentenced to death in the 1994 murder of store clerk Richard Slysz during an armed robbery of a convenience store in Thomasville, Ga.

Cromartie's attorney, Shawn Nolan, said the state ignored repeated requests for DNA testing that would have proven Cromartie's innocence.

"It is so sad and frankly outrageous that the state of Georgia executed Ray Cromartie tonight after repeatedly denying his requests for DNA testing that would have proven he did not kill Richard Slysz," Nolan said in a statement via WSB-TV. "In this day and age, where DNA testing is routine, it is shocking that Georgia decided to end this man's life without allowing us, his attorneys, access to the materials to do these simple tests."

Cromartie's execution didn't attract the same worldwide media attention as Rodney Reed, the Texas inmate who is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Nov. 20 for the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites, 19.

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Reed (pictured) was convicted based on his DNA linked to sperm found inside the victim. But he claimed he had consensual sex with Stites the day before she was killed.

Reed's lawyers are trying to overturn his conviction based on the testimony of seven new witnesses who point the finger at Stite's then-fiancé, Jimmy Fennell, a former police officer who was later convicted and sentenced to prison for the rape of another woman.

Reed's attorneys says he had a secret affair with Stites, a white woman who was on her way to work at a convenience store the morning she was raped and murdered.

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Beyonce Knowles-Carter has added her name to a viral petition to prevent convicted murderer Rodney Reed's execution in Texas.

The 38-year-old singer has signed the Change.org petition, urging Texas Governor Greg Abbott to take another look at the evidence, WENN.com reports.

Kim Kardashian-West, Rihanna, Meek Mill, and Busta Rhymes have already signed the petition and urged fans to do the same.

Kim's husband, gospel musician Kanye West, 42, asked professional athletes in the NBA and NFL to stop playing for a week to help prevent Reed's execution.

Reed, who is Black, has spent 21 years on death row for the 1996 murder and rape of 19-year-old Stacey Stites, who is white.

Stites was scheduled to work at a grocery store in Bastrop, Texas on the morning of April 23, 1996, but she never showed up.

Her body was found later that day. She had been strangled to death with her own belt.

The prosecution linked Reed's DNA to live sperm found inside Stites' body during her autopsy. Police had his DNA on file because he had been arrested - but not convicted - in a different rape case.

Reed confessed that he had "consensual sex" with Stites on the day before her death, but his defense attorney claimed sperm can't survive in a deceased body for more than 24 hours.

Prosecution experts testified that sperm can survive for up to seven days. Reed was convicted and sentenced to death by an all-white jury.

But according to CNN, a former prison inmate named Arthur Snow, Jr. has claimed in an affidavit that Stites' fiancé, a Texas police officer, confessed to the killing.

Reed is set to be executed on November 20. His brother hopes all the celebrity attention will help stop Reed's execution.

Rihanna tweeted fans asking them to sign the petition: "One Click!!! SIGN this petition if you don't believe the Government should kill an innocent man!!!" she wrote.

Rapper Meek Mill, who campaigns for justice reform after his 2017 incarceration for a parole violation, tweeted: "16 days left and he will be executed for a crime he didn't commit."

Questlove, T. I., Gigi Hadid, and LL Cool J have also used social media to highlight Reed's case.

Update II: Kelly Gissendar, 47, was put to death early Wednesday at the Georgia Diagnostic Prison in Jackson. Gissendaner became the first female convict executed in Georgia in 70 years.

She died by lethal injection at 12:21 a.m. Wednesday after exhausting all of her appeals at the state and federal levels. The Supreme Court denied Gissendaner's final appeal at 11:30 p.m. ET.

Gissendaner's three grown children were offered the option of saying their good-byes to their mother at the prison, but they opted to go before the clemency board on Tuesday to plead for her life instead.

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