Judge Stops LeGrande Execution To Allow Mental Evaluation

A judge has granted death row inmate Guy LeGrande a 60-day stay to allow psychiatrists to determine whether he is mentally ill.

LeGrande had been scheduled to die early Friday morning at Central Prison in Raleigh. During a hearing in Stanly Superior Court, Judge William R. Bell gave the psychiatrists 45 days to submit their observations and evaluations to the court.

The 47-year-old LeGrande was sentenced to death for the 1993 murder of Ellen Munford, whose estranged husband offered LeGrande 65-hundred dollars from a 50-thousand dollar life insurance policy. Lawyers for LeGrande describe their client as psychotic and delusional. Prosecutors say he is an intelligent, manipulative killer.