A federal judge in Indiana has granted a stay of execution on mental health grounds to so-called “womb raider” Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row in the US, according to a report.
In granting the stay late Monday, Judge Patrick Hanlon cited the need to determine Montgomery’s mental competence to face execution, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported.
Montgomery faced execution Tuesday at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, just eight days before President-elect Joe Biden, an opponent of the federal death penalty, takes office.
She would have been the first federally executed woman in the US since 1953.
Montgomery was convicted in 2007 of strangling Bobbie Jo Stinnett in Missouri, and then cutting her unborn baby from her womb three years earlier.
Lisa Montgomery is the only woman on federal death row in the US.AP
She had originally been scheduled to die by lethal injection on Dec. 8, but in November a federal judge temporarily blocked her