Terry Allen Langford, a North Carolina drifter who wandered into Montana and murdered a ranch couple in their living room for reasons never explained, was executed early today at the Montana State Prison. The attorney general’s office said Langford was pronounced dead at 12:07 a.m.
The execution was carried out after Montana Gov. Marc Racicot refused a request from Langford’s court-appointed lawyer for a delay in the execution.
Racicot told attorney Michael Donahoe he would not “usurp the powers of the courts in this case,” said Andrew Malcolm, the governor’s communications director.