What was it about the murder of Bobbie Jo Stinnett that caused the jury in Lisa Montgomery's trial to vote to give her the death penalty? Why did they ignore her claim of insanity? Newly released court documents may explain some of the jurors' thinking.
First of all, Montgomery changed her story several times while talking with investigators. Initially, she outright denied having committed the crime. Then she tried to blame it on her brother Tommy, who was easily cleared of the accusation. Then finally, she blamed it on her own insanity.
But the fact that may have swayed the jury most was the cold, calculated way that Montgomery carefully planned to kill Stinnett and steal her unborn child. According to court papers:
* Although Montgomery already knew Stinnett through their mutual dog-breeding interests and a related Web site, Montgomery signed on the Web site with a different username in order to make an appointment with Stinnett about buying a dog.
* The day before the murder, Montgomery drove her car from her Malvern, Kansas, home to Stinnett's home in Skidmore, Missouri, in what police said was a practice run.
* Montgomery ordered a birthing kit online and studied how to perform a Caesarean section.
* And after being arrested for the crime, Montgomery was recorded in a telephone call with her husband saying that she was "messing with" the psychiatrists by saying she heard voices.
'I Am a Monster'
Apparently, the jury decided that the careful planning Montgomery did to carry out the murder of Stinnett and the theft of her unborn baby, who survived the attack, was not the act of an insane person, but that of a monster. In the end, Montgomery apparently agreed with them.
While questioning Montgomery about the events leading up to Stinnett's murder, Maryville Police Sgt. Randy Strong said "Well Lisa, you need to tell us the whole story. I mean, you don't want to be known as a monster, do you?"
Montgomery replied, "Well, I am a monster."