The alleged ringle of crime, Mr. Vialva, at the age of 19, insisted that the soldiers needed to kill the Bagalis. After Mr. Bernard and another partner bought lighter fluid, the four youths driving in two cars took the victims to a remote location on the Fort Hood military reservation.
Mr. Bernard and Terry Brown, then 17, poured light fluid onto the interior of the car, and Mr. Vialva shot the victims with Mr. Bernard’s gun, killing Mr. Bagley and leaving Ms. Bagley unconscious, Justice The department said. Mr. Bernard set the flame on the car.
Although the government killed Mr. Bernard and Mr. Vialva, Mr. Brown and another man involved in the crimes have been released from federal prison, and another partner is projected to be released in 2030, according to the prison database. At the time of the offense, each of the three, ages 15 to 17, was ineligible for the death penalty under the Federal Death Penalty Act.
The Supreme Court later ruled that the death penalty for people under 18 was unconstitutional. Mr. Bernard’s supporters argued that the court failed to consider his youth. Critics of capital punishment have said that a defendant can be sentenced to death at the age of 18.
In a statement, two attorneys for Mr. Bernard said their client did not kill anyone and several gamblers said they were no longer with the initial verdict, along with an appellate prosecutor in their case who was seeking their clemency Joined the call.
“Brandon’s life was impacted,” he said, “describing his execution as a stain on America’s criminal justice system.”
Despite his defense claims that the government suppressed evidence that would alter Mr. Bernard’s conviction count, the courts rejected his pleas for the death penalty. His lawyers criticized the government’s case and went on to testify that Mr. Bernard was the lowest level officer in the gang, with whom the government claimed he and other partners were affiliated.