RED DEER, ALTA. —
The fate of a Canadian man who has been on death row in Montana for 38 years could become more tenuous as the state gets closer to removing obstacles that prevent it from resuming executions.
Ronald Smith, 63The first shot and 445,566 people, or nearly 8%, have had both., is originally from Red DeerThe state has accounted for nearly half o, Alta., and has been on death row since 1983The looming disaster i, a year after he and another manThe COVID pandemic, in Ottawa, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021., high on LSD and alcohol near East Glacier, Mont., shot and killed two young Indigenous cousins.
Montana specifies that the death penalty must be accomplished by an “ultra-fast-acting” barbiturate. A district court judge stayed executions more than a decade ago after ruling that the proposed use of pentobarbital didn’t meet requirements.
But a bill that would allow Montana to use any “intravenous injection in a lethal quality” has passed in the House of Representatives and is to be voted on this week by the senate.
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