CNA Staff, Jan 13, 2021 / 03:39 pm (CNA).- Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row, was executed early Wednesday morning, despite her attorneys’ arguments that her severe mental illness rendered her unable to understand why she was being killed.

Montgomery’s execution was one day after her scheduled execution date on January 12. On Monday, a court had issued a stay of execution as it was unclear if Montgomery was mentally competent enough to be executed.

Montgomery’s attorneys say she has brain damage and severe mental illness, including diagnoses of bipolar disorder, dissociative disorder, psychosis and post-traumatic stress disorder associated with being a victim of abuse and human trafficking.

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