According to the Washington Post article, the Justice Department has gone on a "spree of executions", with eight people being put to death in less than five months, and five more - which included Bernard - "planned before the end of President Trump's administration".
A group of demonstrators descended upon the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, to protest the USA government's resumption of federal execution after a 17-year hiatus.
Despite Ms Kardashian West's intervention, which was part of a high-profile campaign by Bernard's supporters, he died by lethal injection at a prison in IN on Thursday. "I'm calling on @realDonaldTrump to grant Brandon a commutation and allow him to live out his sentence in prison", she wrote on Twitter.
The case has prompted calls for Mr Trump to intervene, including from one prosecutor at his 2000 trial. In a November 18 editorial published in the Indianapolis Star, federal prosecutor Angela Moore said several factors should have prevented him from being subject to capital punishment including race, the development of the brain in adolescence, and his ability to mature.
Referring to his part in the killing of Todd and Stacie Bagley, he said: "I wish I could take it all back, but I can't". "But I pray that even in his death, Brandon will advance his commitment to helping others by moving us closer to a time when this country does not pointlessly and maliciously kill young Black men who pose no threat to anyone", Bernard's attorney Robert Owens said in a statement.
The teenagers approached the Bagleys in the afternoon on June 21, 1999, and asked them for a lift after they stopped at a convenience store - planning all along to rob the couple.
Bernard lawyers say e bin dey fear wetin go happen to am if e bin refuse to follow di orders of Vialva, wey dem don alreay execute for September.
He dey part of di five teenagers wey chop accuse say dem rob di couple and force dem inside di boot of their auto for Texas. His post-conviction lawyers later presented evidence that Stacie was already medically dead by the time Bernard set the auto on fire. Because the killings took place on military grounds, it became a federal case. However, Bernard was not the ring leader in the group and was only recruited to participate by Vialva. This evidence was further cited by his lawyers in an attempt to delay the execution.
A few hours before his execution, the mom of four had been using her platform to appeal his death sentence. The appeal raised similar claims presented to the U.S. District Court, arguing that the newly discovered evidence is strong enough to warrant commuting Bernard's sentence. "Now he never will". After the teens pulled to the side of the road, Vialva walked to the back and shot the Bagleys in the head. The three other assailants connected to the case have also been convicted. Sotomayor wrote a dissent that was not joined by the other two justices.
This is the ninth federal execution of the year and the first during a presidential lame-duck period in 130 years, putting to death a Texas street-gang member for his role in the slayings of a religious couple from Iowa more than two decades ago.
He be di youngest offender wey di federal goment go execute in almost 70 years. Clergy members and family members of murder victims also were in attendance.
"I'm sorry", a media witness quoted Bernard as saying, shortly before the execution.
55-year-old Alfred Bourgeois was convicted of capital murder in 2004 for the killing of his 2-year-old daughter in 2002.