BOZEMAN, Mont. – Authorities in the city of Bozeman, Montana, have arrested a Cherokee County man who allegedly held a woman against her will inside a motel room for two months.
James Gregory Smith, 50 – a convicted Oklahoma murderer who is also wanted for warrants issued in Cherokee County – is being held for felony kidnapping and a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault. His bond in Montana has been set at $250,000.
According to a report published by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, police in that community were dispatched to a motel last Friday when a woman called for help. When police found the woman, she claimed she had tried to flee from Smith in Colorado, but Smith had tracked her down in Bozeman.
The newspaper reports the woman said Smith had been assaulting her; that he threatened to kill her; and that he had kept her as a “prisoner” at the motel since early October.
The newspaper also reports Smith claims he and the alleged victim were drunk when he was arrested, and he denies holding her captive.
Court records show a bench warrant was issued for Smith’s arrest on Oct. 6 when he failed to appear in Cherokee County District Court.
Smith was accused of stabbing another man during a fight in September 2013, and was later charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon.
He has also faced a string of other charges in Cherokee County, including assault and battery and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in August of this year; driving under the influence, unlawful possession of paraphernalia, and open container alcohol in June of this year; and driving while impaired in May 2014.
In 1982, prosecutors alleged Smith and his mother, Lois Nadean Smith, tortured and killed his ex-girlfriend, Cynthia L. Baillee, after picking her up in Tahlequah and driving her to Sequoyah County.
Baillee was choked and stabbed in the throat, shot nine times, and stomped on, according to reports of the murder.
Smith was 18 at the time and was given a life sentence, which was complete in 2009, according to state records. Lois Smith was executed for her part.
If Smith is convicted of his charges in Montana, he could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $50,000 for kidnapping.
Bozeman is a city about 140 miles west of Billings, Montana.