He's been on Montana's death row since the early 1980s and in May he gets a
chance to explain why he shouldn't be executed.
Ronald Smith faces the death penalty for killing 2 men near Marias Pass in 1982
after confessing to shooting the 2 Browning men to death.
The Montana Board of Pardons and Parole will hold a clemency hearing on May 2nd
in the courtroom of the Powell County Courthouse in Deer Lodge.
The Montana Supreme Court upheld a judge's stay of execution for Smith in
December of 2010, intervening after two district court judges issued
Helena Judge Jeffrey Sherlock had granted Smith a stay of execution so his
civil lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of lethal injection could be
decided, but Missoula Judge John Larson had set an execution date.
But the Montana Supreme Court ruled Sherlock has the authority to issue a stay
of execution and upheld that order. Smith has been on Montana's death row for
more than 26 years and is the only Canadian currently on death row in the
3 prisoners have been executed since the death penalty was reinstated in
Montana in the 1970s. Duncan McKenzie, Terry Langford and, most recently, David
Dawson have been put to death under state law.
The May hearing is virtually Smith's last chance to avoid death by lethal
(source: KZBK News)