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Death call for US womb murderer
Lisa Montgomery, convicted of the death of Bobbie Jo Stinnett (photo from time of her arrest in December 2004)
Montgomery was convicted of the killing on Monday
A US jury has recommended the death penalty for a woman convicted of killing an expectant mother and cutting out her unborn child.

The jury, in the state of Missouri, had rejected Lisa Montgomery's plea that she had been delusional when she killed Bobbie Jo Stinnett and stole the baby.

The jury spent five hours deliberating its recommendation. Judge Gary Fenner said he would abide by the decision.

Montgomery, 39 was convicted on Monday of killing Bobbie Jo Stinnett in 2004.

The baby, a girl, survived and was later returned to her father.

Strangled

Montgomery met the Stinnetts at a rat terrier dog show in Kansas in April 2004.

Having learned of Bobbie Jo's pregnancy, in December 2004 she used a fake online profile to set up a meeting at the Stinnett family home saying that she wanted to buy a terrier puppy.

Once in the house she used a rope to strangle the young mother, before hacking the baby from her womb with a kitchen knife.

Bobbi Jo Stinnett
Mrs Stinnett thought her visitor was coming to buy a puppy

Defence lawyer Fred Duchardt had claimed sexual abuse during Montgomery's childhood had led to mental health problem.

"I'm not ashamed to ask you all for mercy," Mr Duchardt told the jury, according to the Associated Press (AP). "I ask for it on behalf of Lisa and all the people who love her."

But prosecutors believed Montgomery was faking her mental illness.

No sentencing date has yet been set.

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