Judge blocks execution of Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row, to allow mental health hearing.

Lisa Montgomery, a federal prison inmate scheduled for execution, poses at the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Fort Worth in an undated photograph [File: Attorneys for Lisa Montgomery/Handout via Reuters]

A federal judge in Indiana blocked Tuesday’s scheduled execution of convicted murderer Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row in the United States, to allow a hearing on whether she is too mentally ill to be put to death.

The order, handed down less than 24 hours before Lisa Montgomery was set to be executed on Tuesday at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, temporarily blocks the federal Bureau of Prisons

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