An American federal judge suspended the execution scheduled for Tuesday of Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on death row, pending a jurisdiction hearing on the case.
According to CNN, Judge James Hanlon ordered the suspension in order to allow that hearing to take place, for which no date has yet been set.
His order suspends Montgomery’s execution by lethal injection, scheduled for this Tuesday at the Terre Haute Federal Correctional Complex, and Indiana.
Lisa Montgomery, 52, was convicted in 2007 for strangling a 23-year-old pregnant woman in 2004 eight months to take her baby, who was later recovered safe and sound by authorities.
If carried out, this it would be the first execution of a woman in the United States in almost 70 years and would take place just days after the inauguration as president of Democrat Joe Biden, who opposes capital punishment.