CHICAGO — The Trump administration is planning an unprecedented five more federal executions before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, starting with a Texas street-gang member set hookup id Odessa TX be put to death Thursday for his role in the slayings of an Iowa religious couple whose bodies he burned in the trunk of their car. Brandon Bernard was 18 when he and four other teenagers abducted and robbed Todd and Stacie Bagley on their way from a Sunday service in Killeen, Texas.
He would be the ninth federal inmate put to death since July, when President Donald Trump ended a year hiatus in federal executions. If Bernard, now 40, receives a lethal injection as planned at the meet older black men in Fargo prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, it would be a rare execution of a person who was in his teens when the crime occurred.
Federal executions during a presidential transfer of power also are rare, especially during a transition from a death-penalty proponent to a president-elect like Biden opposed to capital punishment. The last time executions occurred in a lame-duck period was during the presidency of Grover Spartanburg women and dating in the s.
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Defense attorneys have argued in court and in a petition for clemency from Trump that Bernard was a low-ranking, subservient member of the group. They say both Bagleys were likely dead before Bernard doused their car with lighter fluid and free Corpus Christi TX chatlines it on fire, a claim that conflicts with government testimony at trial.
Dating and courtship in the Asheville, they say, has repeatedly expressed remorse. Several jurors have also since said publicly that they regret not opting for life in prison instead. The Justice Department refused to delay Thursday's execution of Bernard, another inmate on Friday and three more in January, even after eight officials who participated in an execution last month tested positive for the coronavirus.
The eight federal executions in already is more than in the 56 years combined. One of Bernard's co-defendants, Christopher Vialva, was executed in September. Prosecutors said Vialva, the oldest of the teens at 19, was the ringleader who shot the Bagleys, as they lay in the trunk before Bernard set the car on fire. The teenagers, three of whom were under 18, sugar daddy dating Amarillo TX the Bagleys in the afternoon on June 21,and asked them for a lift after they stopped at a convenience store — planning all along to rob the couple.
After the Bagleys agreed, Vialva pulled a gun and dating online San Francisco CA distance them into the trunk. The Bagleys, both of whom were in their 20s, spoke through an opening in the back seat and urged their kidnappers to accept Jesus as they drove around for hours trying to use the Bagleys' ATM cards. After the teens pulled to the side of the road, Vialva walked to the back and shot the Bagleys in the head.
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Trial evidence showed Todd Bagley likely died instantly. But a government expert said Stacie Bagley had soot in speed dating Vallejo airway, indicating smoke inhalation and not the gunshot killed her.
The first series of federal executions over the summer were of white men, which critics said seemed calculated to make them less controversial amid summer protests over racial discrimination. The fifth is a white woman who would be the first female inmate Pueblo brides dating free by the federal government in nearly six decades. The federal prosecutor who now wants a life term for Bernard, Angela Moore, says recent research shows people tend to view Blacks free phone sex Hagerstown more to blame than their white counterparts when the facts surrounding a crime are the same, and that young Black men are less likely to be given benefits of the doubt by jurors because of their immaturity.
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