The federal government on Thursday night 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,
Published: 2020-12-10 10:00 pm
Brandon Bernard executed by federal government despite objections
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The federal government on Thursday night 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 committed when he was 18 years old.

His attorneys Thursday night had sought an 11th hour stay of execution, which was denied by the U.S. Supreme Court. 

In his final words, Bernard apologized for the crime. 

“I’m sorry,” he said, according to a media witness.

“That’s the only words that I can say that completely capture how I feel now and how I felt that day.”

Over 500,000 people signed petitions urging President Trump to commute Bernard’s sentence.

“I’m so messed up right now,” Kardashian tweeted Thursday night, after the execution.

“They killed Brandon. He was such a reformed person,” she tweeted. “Spo hopeful and positive until the end. More importantly he is sorry, so sorry for the hurt and pain he caused others.”

In his last call with his attorney, “Brandon said he loves you, and wants to say thank you again,” she tweeted that the lawyer told her. “He said he doesn’t feel too claustrophobic in the chair.”

His parting message to others was “not to hang out with the wrong crowd,” she added. “That was so important to him that he shared that with the youth,” she tweeted.

Kardashian earlier Thursday had called again on Trump to intervene.

“Brandon Bernard, a 40-year-old father, is going to be executed tomorrow by our federal government,” Kardashian, 40, nad tweeted the day before the execution, on Wednesday.

“Having gotten to know Brandon, I am heartbroken about this execution. I’m calling on @realDonaldTrump to grant Brandon a commutation and allow him to live out his sentence in prison.”

Bernard was among five teenagers convicted of abducting Todd and Stacie Bagley.

One of the teens, then-19-year-old Christopher Vialva, shot the couple who were in the trunk of their car. Bernard then lit the vehicle on fire. 

Bernard and Vialva were sentenced to death in 2000. Vialva was executed in September.

The other three teens were under 17 at the time of the crime and avoided the death penalty. 

Five jurors in Bernard’s trial supported his petition for clemency. 

The jurors felt that Bernard was guilty, but felt he did not intend to kill the Bagleys, and thought his lawyers did not defend him well. 

“Brandon made one terrible mistake at age 18,” Bernard’s lawyers said in a statement after he was executed. 

“But he did not kill anyone, and he never stopped feeling shame and profound remorse for his actions in the crime that took the lives of Todd and Stacie Bagley.”

With Post wires

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