For the first time in nearly 70 years, a woman will be executed.
The US Department of Justice announced that the Federal execution of Lisa Montgomery is scheduled for December 8. If the death sentence is carried out, it will be the first Federal execution of a woman in the United States in seven decades. Montgomery was sentenced to death for a murder committed in 2004: she strangled a pregnant woman.
The Justice Department also indicated that Brandon Bernard would be executed on December 10 to murder two priests in 1999. This will be the eighth and ninth Federal executions of 2020.
The Trump administration has resumed Federal capital punishment after a 17-year hiatus.