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Death penalty urged for killer of pregnant mom

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal prosecutor told jurors Thursday that a woman violated an expectant mother in the "most wicked way possible" when she strangled her in December 2004 and cut her baby from her womb.

"The death penalty is reserved for the worst crime," prosecutor Roseann Ketchmark said in her closing argument during the penalty phase of Lisa Montgomery's trial. "This is the worst crime."

Montgomery, 39, was convicted Monday of killing Bobbie Jo Stinnett, 23, on Dec. 16, 2004, in the victim's home in the northwest Missouri town of Skidmore. Montgomery was arrested in Melvern, Kan., a day after the attack after she showed off the newborn as her own.

The same jurors who found Montgomery guilty will decide whether she should receive life in prison or execution. They went home Thursday without making a decision.