The family was that of her ex-husband, Chip Taylor, his wife and their 5 year old daughter. Court records show that Lorie asked the two children she shared with Chip to draw maps and diagrams of their fathers home.
She traveled over state lines to commit the murder so she will be considered a federal case. The same is true of Angela Jonhson. They are not seeking the death penalty against her husband. This is a bone of some contention among defense folks.
The federal government has not executed a woman since 1953. States have executed 12 women since 1976, including Teresa Lewis in Virginia in 2010.