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