Cheyenne, Wy – A federal judge has granted a request from Wyoming's lone death row inmate to delay his scheduled execution. U-S District Judge Alan Johnson of Cheyenne on Thursday granted a request from lawyers representing inmate Dale Wayne Eaton to stay
his scheduled Feb. 12 execution date pending a review of his case
in federal court.
Eaton received a death penalty sentence for the 1988 rape and
murder of 18-year-old Lisa Marie Kimmell of Billings, Mont., who
disappeared while driving from Denver to Cody.
Natrona County District Judge David Park on Monday had ordered
Eaton to be executed Feb. 12.
Eaton's lawyers filed a request on Thursday arguing that Eaton
was mentally incompetent to stand trial and that his constitutional
rights were violated.