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USA v. Lisa Montgomery

Tuesday, March 11

Lisa Montgomery will be sentenced at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 4, 2008, before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner.

Wednesday, Oct. 24

Closing arguments in the penalty phase of the Lisa Montgomery trial are expected Thursday morning, at which time the jury will begin deliberation regarding a sentence of either death or life in federal prison without parole.

Monday, Oct. 22

Following the presentation of evidence, the jury in U.S. District Court in Kansas City deliberated about four hours before returning a guilty verdict to U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner in the trial that began Oct. 1, 2007. The penalty phase of the trial is scheduled to commence at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007. At the conclusion of the penalty phase, the jury will recommend a sentence of either the death penalty or life in federal prison without parole.

Thursday, Oct. 18

Presentation of evidence is expected to conclude Friday morning, with closing arguments scheduled to begin on Monday morning.

Friday, Oct. 12

The prosecution is expected to finish presenting its case-in-chief to the jury this morning. The defense will begin its presentation as soon as the prosecution rests.

Tuesday, Oct. 2

A jury of six men and six women, with three alternates, has been seated for the capital murder trial of Lisa Montgomery. Opening arguments will begin Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007.

The trial is before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner in Courtroom 8A of the Charles Evans Whittaker Courthouse at 400 East 9th Street, Kansas City, Mo., 64106. An overflow room (equipped with television monitors) will be available in Courtroom 8D. At this point there is no reserved media seating available. The court has indicated that courtroom arrivals and departures will be permitted only at those times when the court recesses.

The guilt phase of the trial is expected to last approximately three weeks. The government is seeking the death penalty, therefore, if the jury returns a verdict of guilty at the conclusion of the guilt phase, the sentencing phase of the trial will commence. Be advised that Monday, Oct. 8, is a federal holiday and the courthouse will be closed on that day.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office will not provide any interviews or statements to the media related to this case during the trial. The federal indictment may be downloaded from our Web site at

If you have questions related to court proceedings or courthouse logistics, you may contact Paige Wymore-Wynn, Chief Deputy Clerk of the Court, at 512-5075.

11/16/05 Update:
U.S. Attorney's Office seeking the death penalty

KANSAS CITY - The U.S. Attorney's Office will seek the death penalty against Lisa Montgomery. A federal indictment alleges that murder was committed under circumstances that justify the death penalty.

1/12/05 Update: Kansas woman indicted for kidnapping resulting in death

KANSAS CITY - A Melvern, Kan., woman was indicted by a federal grand jury for kidnapping a female infant, resulting in the death of the infant’s mother. Lisa M. Montgomery, 36, of Melvern, was charged by a federal grand jury with kidnapping Victoria Jo Stinnett and taking her across the state line from Skidmore, Mo., to Melvern. According to the indictment, Montgomery’s actions resulted in the death of Bobbie Jo Stinnett, the baby’s mother. The indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed on Dec. 17, 2004.

12/30/04 Update: Montgomery detained without bond

Lisa M. Montgomery, the 36-year-old Melvern, Kan., woman charged with kidnapping a female infant, resulting in the death of the infant's mother, will be detained in federal custody without bond until her trial. U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge John T. Maughmer granted the government's motion for pretrial detention at a hearing Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004. Montgomery remains in federal custody at a detention facility in Leavenworth, Kan.

Updated February 9, 2015