Kim Kardashian is on a mission to avoid wasting a life.
Bernard is presently on the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., and has been on dying row since his sentencing in 2000 for his involvement in a theft that led to the deaths of Todd and Stacie Bagley on the Fort Hood army base in Killeen, Texas in 1999, when Bernard was 18 years outdated.
“Brandon Bernard, a 40-year-old father, goes to be executed tomorrow by our federal authorities,” Kardashian, 40, tweeted on Wednesday. “Having gotten to know Brandon, I’m heartbroken about this execution. I’m calling on @realDonaldTrump to grant Brandon a commutation and permit him to stay out his sentence in jail.”
She added: “More often than not executions occur, in our names, with out quite a lot of consideration given to them. That is unacceptable. For the subsequent 24 hours I will probably be tweeting about Brandon and his case and why his life ought to be spared by @realDonaldTrump.”
Barnard’s authorized protection staff had been working diligently for a keep in Bernard’s execution, arguing to the court docket that in his trial, the prosecution within the case withheld a crucial knowledgeable witness who might show that Bernard’s standing inside the 212 Piru Bloods gang was minuscule at finest and didn’t have sufficient clout to make selections.
Decide James Sweeney of the U.S. District Courtroom of the Southern District of Indiana denied their request on Tuesday and wrote that the testimony was not sturdy sufficient to overturn Bernard’s dying sentence conviction.
Lower than two weeks in the past, Kardashian once more spoke out on Bernard’s looming execution and defended the stance that he ought to be granted a reprieve to hold out a life sentence as an alternative of a dying sentence.
“Whereas Brandon did take part on this crime, his function was minor in comparison with that of the opposite teenagers concerned,” she tweeted on Nov. 29. “In actual fact, Brandon was not part of the preliminary carjacking that happened and was surprised when the theft became a murder with one of many different teenagers capturing each Todd and Stacie within the head.”
“The gunman then turned to Brandon, gun nonetheless in hand, and informed him to mild the automobile Todd and Stacie lay in on hearth to destroy the proof,” Kardashian continued. “Brandon believed each had been useless, although Stacie was not, and was fearful for his personal life, so he made the horrible determination to conform.”
Bernard’s protection attorneys say each Bagleys had been possible useless earlier than Bernard doused their automobile with lighter fluid and set it on hearth, a declare that conflicts with authorities testimony at trial. Trial proof confirmed Todd Bagley possible died immediately. However a authorities knowledgeable mentioned Stacie Bagley had soot in her airway, indicating smoke inhalation and never the gunshot killed her. Protection attorneys have mentioned that assertion wasn’t confirmed.
Bernard, they are saying, has repeatedly expressed regret.
If put to dying on Dec. 10 as is scheduled, Bernard would change into the ninth federal prisoner to be executed following the Trump administration’s determination to finish a 17-year pause in federal executions earlier in 2020.
Bernard is one among 5 executions scheduled to happen earlier than Donald Trump exits workplace in January.
In the meantime, Bernard’s confederate Christopher Vialva – who was the triggerman – was additionally sentenced to dying and was executed by deadly injection in September, changing into the primary Black man to face the final word punishment since executions had been re-administered.
5 of the 9 jurors concerned within the verdict that despatched Bernard to dying row have since gone on file admitting that they remorse the unique verdict and 4 are additionally asking for Bernard’s sentenced to be commuted.
Moreover, Angela Moore, a federal prosecutor who as soon as defended Bernard’s dying sentence verdict on attraction, threw her hat into the ring and lobbied for his dying sentence to be commuted in an op-ed revealed final month.
At the least 80,000 others have additionally signed a pre-written letter addressed to Donald Trump asking for the president to commute Bernard’s sentence, Rob Owen, Bernard’s lawyer informed the Indianapolis Star.
The Related Press contributed to this report