MISSOULA — A judge in Helena has halted the execution of the only known Canadian on death row in the United States, even though a date for the death has not been set. The Missoulian reports that District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock on Monday halted the execution of Ronald Allen Smith, of Red Deer, Alberta.
Helena attorney Ron Waterman argued for the injunction, saying Montana’s method of lethal injection is unconstitutionally cruel and unusual. The attorney also says the trailer used for executions at the Montana State Prison was moved earlier this year to make way for an addition. The addition isn’t finished, meaning the prison has no approved place for executions.
Smith was convicted in 1983 of fatally shooting 24-year-old Harvey Mad Man and 20-year-old Thomas Running Rabbit. Smith was high on drugs and alcohol at the time of the 1982 deaths.
Prosecutors say he robbed the Browning cousins and shot them execution-style.
in the woods near East Glacier.