“On Thursday night, the federal government executed convicted murderer Brandon Bernard, ignoring calls for clemency from many — including Kim Kardashian and some of the jurors in his trial.
Bernard, 40, was put to death by lethal injection in Terre Haute, Indiana, for his role in a 1999 double murder on a Texas military base perpetrated when he was 18 years old.
In his last words, Bernard apologized for the crime. ‘I’m sorry,’ he said, according to a media witness.
Over 500,000 people signed petitions urging President Trump to commute Bernard’s sentence”.
“I’m so messed up right now,” Kim Kardashian West tweeted Thursday night, after the execution. Source: nypost.com.
In June 1999, Bernard, Vialva, and other gang members planned a robbery and carjacking in Killeen, Texas. They selected Todd and Stacie Bagley (the Bagleys) as their victims and carried out their plan, which ended in the murder of the Bagleys on federal government property.
Vialva shot both victims in the head, and Bernard set fire to their car to destroy the evidence. Todd Bagley died as a result of the gunshot wound, and Stacie Bagley died of smoke inhalation. Vialva was convicted on three capital murder counts and Bernard on a single count for Stacie’s death. The jury found that aggravating factors outweighed each defendant’s mitigating factors and sentenced them to death pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3591 et seq. Their convictions and sentences were affirmed on appeal: Id., cert. Denied, 539 U.S. 928, 123 S.Ct. 2572 (2003).
We are opposed to the death penalty under most circumstances; when a defendant requests that he be put to death, his wishes should be granted. Of course, the defendant must not have any significant mental disorder when he/she makes this request.