Canadian on death row a changed man, hearing told

CBC News

A Canadian man on death row in Montana was described as a changed man who has been a model prisoner by the first three witnesses at his clemency hearing today.

Ronald Smith, 54, hopes to convince a three-member panel that he should be spared from the death penalty. The Montana Board of Pardons and Parole hearing is taking place at a courthouse in Deer Lodge, north of Butte, and is scheduled to hear from about 40 witnesses, including Smith’s 35-year-old daughter.

Smith, who is originally from Red Deer, Alta., has been on death row since 1982, after he and an accomplice, both high on drugs, shot and killed Thomas Running Rabbit and Harvey Mad Man Jr. in the woods near East Glacier, Mont., in order to steal their car.

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