Brandon Bernard Wiki – Brandon Bernard Biography
Brandon Bernard is scheduled to be put to death on December 10 at the Terre Haute Prison in Indiana for a crime he committed in June 1999 when he was 18-years-old.
The federal inmate follows one of his accomplices in being executed for the murder of Todd and Stacie Bagley, a young Christian Missionary couple who was visiting Texas from Iowa.
The courts convicted a group of teens for abducting and robbing the Bagley’s in Killeen before killing them on federal land at the Fort Hood Military Reservation.
He is 38 years old.
Charges On Brandon Bernard
According to case information on FindLaw, 19-year-old Christopher Andre Vialva was the ring leader in the 1999 abduction of the Bagley’s. Vialva was executed at Terre Haute on September 24, 2020, the seventh federal inmate to be put to death by the Trump administration since July. Bernard will be the ninth.
But some say Bernard should not be put to death, in part, because he was so young when he and Vialva along with Christopher Lewis, Tony Sparks, and Terry Brown, who were all 15 to 16 years old, killed the Bagley’s, but also because “he did not have a leading role in that crime, and he has demonstrated positive behavior throughout his 20 years of incarceration, even reaching out to others and counseling them not to follow in his path,” according to a website dedicated to saving Bernard from execution called Help Save Brandon.
Lawyers for the inmates who are suing, Patrick R. Smith and Brandon S. Holm, say that executions draw around 200 people, but the federal government says it’s more like 50 to 125, according to the IndiStar.
But U.S. trial attorney Jordan L. Von Bokern said the lawsuit should not concern the plaintiffs because it will not increase their exposure to the virus.
He wrote in a reply brief, “This is especially so given the precautions taken by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) with respect to COVID-19 generally and its actions walling off the execution team, to the greatest extent possible, from FCC Terre Haute inmates and staff,” the IndiStar reported.
Besides Bernard’s scheduled execution on the 10th, Alfred Bourgeous is scheduled to be executed tomorrow on December 11 at Terre Haute, even as the Associated Press reported that “eight staff members who took part in an execution last month tested positive for the coronavirus and five of those staffers will take part in executions scheduled for this week.”
Two non-death row inmates are suing to halt executions until the pandemic is under better control, according to the IndiStar.