A judge has granted a stay of execution for Lisa Montgomery after her lawyers argued that she is not psychologically competent to be put to death.

Montgomery’s execution was set up to occur at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, on Tuesday. It would have been the U.S. government’s first execution of a female in almost 70 years.

However Judge Patrick Hanlon gave a stay late on Monday, pointing out the need for a hearing to figure out Montgomery’s mental skills.

Montgomery’s lawyers have actually said she experiences serious mental illness after sustaining years of sexual abuse throughout childhood.

They contend that putting Montgomery to death would be unconstitutional as her existing mindset makes her unable to understand the U.S. government’s rationale for her execution.

” The court was best to stop Lisa Montgomery’s execution. As the court discovered, Mrs. Montgomery ‘made a strong revealing’ of her existing incompetence to be performed,” attorney Kelley Henry said in a declaration to Newsweek

Federal death row inmate Lisa Montgomery
A judge has approved Lisa Montgomery, the only female on federal death row, a stay of execution.
Lawyers for Lisa Montgomery

The only lady on federal death row, Montgomery was initially scheduled to be put to death in December.

Montgomery was founded guilty of federal kidnapping resulting in death in 2007 after she killed a pregnant lady in Missouri, cut the child from her womb and attempted to pass the infant off as her own.

According to court files, Montgomery had been informing family and friends in 2004 that she was pregnant, despite having undergone a procedure that made her sterile a decade prior.

Montgomery confessed to the crime and lost all quotes to appeal her conviction and sentence.

Supporters have actually called on President Donald Trump to commute Montgomery’s sentence, mentioning her trauma.

Besides Montgomery, two other federal death row prisoners are facing execution this week– Cory Johnson and Dustin Higgs.

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