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Kim Kardashian West pushes to stop scheduled execution in Terre Haute

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Posted at 1:29 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 14:00:16-05

TERRE HAUTE — The federal corrections complex in Terre Haute has the attention of Kim Kardashian West.

The celebrity is pushing to stop the impending execution of Brandon Bernard on Dec. 10, a death-row inmate convicted of kidnapping and killing two Texas youth ministers in 1999. At the time of the crime, Bernard was 18-years-old.

In a series of tweets, Kardashian West said Bernard should serve a life sentence rather than face lethal injection.

For the first time since 2003, federal executions resumed in Indiana in July. Three executions were performed in four days at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute.

Lisa Montogomery and Bernard were scheduled to be put to death in October. Montgomery's scheduled execution is on Dec. 8, two days before Bernard. She's the first woman to be executed by the U.S. government in more than six decades.

Montgomery was convicted of strangling a pregnant woman, cutting her baby out, and then kidnapping the baby.

Bernard is scheduled to be executed on Dec. 10. A co-defendant in the case, Christopher Vialva, was executed in September. Bernard and Vialva were the only two of six defendants sentenced to death for the 1999 killings of Todd and Stacie Bagley.