Judge Grants Stay Of Execution For Only Woman On Death Row
A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS GRANTED A STAY OF EXECUTION FOR THE ONLY WOMAN ON FEDERAL DEATH ROW PENDING A COMPETENCY HEARING
(CNN) – A federal judge has granted a stay of execution for Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row.
The stay was granted pending a competency hearing and came just hours before Montgomery was scheduled to die.
A date has not yet been set for the competency hearing.
Prosecutors have filed a notice to appeal the judge’s ruling.
The 52-year-old Montgomery was scheduled to die by lethal injection on Tuesday in Indiana.
She was sentenced to death in 2008 by a Missouri jury for the 2004 murder of a pregnant woman.
In the process of her crime Montgomery cut the fetus out and took it.
The baby survived.
Montgomery’s lawyer says she suffers from brain damage and severe mental illness.
Montgomery also has a petition before the U.S. Supreme Court.