Oyogist.com has learnt that Kim Kardashian West, a celebrity and advocate for criminal justice reform has stated reasons why Brandon Bernard should not be executed.
Bernard, 40, was 18 when he participated in the murders of Todd and Stacie Bagley, two youth ministers killed in 1999. If he receives a lethal injection as planned on Thursday at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, it would be a rare execution of a person who was in his teens when the crime occurred.
He did not shoot the Bagleys and another man was convicted of pulling the trigger, according to an opinion piece authored by the Washington Post’s editorial board, which called his execution “disturbing”.
Oyo gist.com gathered that five of the nine jurors who convicted Bernard no longer want him to face execution and one of the prosecutors who “helped put him on death row now argues against his execution, citing scientific strides establishing that the brains of 18-year-olds are not fully developed”.
She stated this reasons via her verified Twitter handle;
She wrote: Brandon Bernard shouldn’t be executed,
- He was 18 at the time.
- He was not the shooter.
- The prosecutor and 5 of the jurors now support clemency.
- He’s spent decades in prison w/out a write up, helping at risk youth.
- There’s bipartisan support for his commutation.