Brandon Bernard – Kim Kardashian reveals ‘hardest’ final call with death row inmate, 40, who told her ‘fight isn’t over’

KIM Kardashian West revealed on Thursday afternoon that she “lost it” during her final conversation with inmate Brandon Bernard, who was set to be executed in Indiana hours after their conversation.

The lawyer-in-training described the heartbreaking conversation as the “hardest call I’ve ever had,” in which Bernard confided in her that he was offered a sedative to calm his claustrophobia ahead of his execution.

was offered a sedative before his executionCredit: Getty Images – Getty
She revealed that the two didn't say goodbye during their last conversation because they 'wanted to be hopeful that we would talk again'

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She revealed that the two didn’t say goodbye during their last conversation because they ‘wanted to be hopeful that we would talk again’Credit: Instagram

“When he told me he’s claustrophobic and they offered to give him a shot of Sedative to calm him down before they put him in the chair and he just didn’t want to panic, I literally lost it,” she tweeted.

“I had to mute my phone so he wouldn’t hear me cry like that.”

Despite his imminent death, Kardashian West said the two were “hopeful” that they’d speak again, with Bernard telling her that “our fight isn’t over.”

“Brandon, selfless as always, was focused on his family and making sure they are ok. He told me not to cry because our fight isn’t over,” she tweeted.

“We didn’t say goodbye bc we wanted to be hopeful that we would talk again, we said talk to you soon!”

Kendall Jenner said that the details of her sister’s last conversation with Bernard “broke her heart.”

“This just breaks my heart,” Jenner tweeted.

The 40-year-old black inmate was set to be executed on Thursday in Indiana

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The 40-year-old black inmate was set to be executed on Thursday in IndianaCredit: AP:Associated Press

The stepsister of one of Bernard’s victims, Stacie Bagley, has asked Kardashian West to reconsider her support for the inmate and instead empathize with them.

Dana Ladd told TMZ on Thursday: “I want her to think about if it was one of her children that Bernard did that to — would she feel differently? It’s easy for people to say things when they don’t have similar experiences.”

A source close to the reality star told the new outlet that she’s heartbroken for both sides and doesn’t mean to diminish Bagley’s death.

Bernard, who is set to be put to death in Indiana, will be the ninth prisoner to be executed since the current administration resumed capital punishment following a 17-year break.

“[Four] hours until Brandon Bernard will be executed,” Kim tweeted at 2pm ET ahead of the federal penitentiary execution at Terre Haute, Indiana, today.

The exact time of the execution is not known but the Death Penalty Information Center states the execution of a death row inmate “must take place before sunrise on the execution day,” according to Indiana codes.

At the time of publication, it was 2.30pm there as Kim continued the death row execution countdown on Twitter.

“Been crying all morning. Brandon Bernard will be executed in 6 hours,” Kim tweeted at 12pm ET.

“Brandon Bernard will be executed in 5 hours and all I can think about is his family and children and how they will feel when their loved one is gone,” Kim wrote at 1pm ET.

A jury sentenced Brandon Bernard to death in 2000 for his role in the killing of two youth ministers in Texas

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A jury sentenced Brandon Bernard to death in 2000 for his role in the killing of two youth ministers in TexasCredit: Twitter
She called on Donald Trump to call off the execution on Thursday

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She called on Donald Trump to call off the execution on ThursdayCredit: Getty

“Something special I learned about #BrandonBernard is that in addition to his work with youth, he also really likes to crochet.

“He told me this week he wishes he had more time before his execution so he could crochet me a blanket.”

Yesterday, Kim called on President Donald Trump to commute the 40-year-old’s death sentence to allow him to spend the rest of his day behind bars instead insisting his role in the shocking crime was “minor.”

She vowed to campaign non-stop during the 24 hours ahead of Bernard’s scheduled date with death at the US Penitentiary, which has yet to be halted as of 5.30pm ET.

Something special I learned about #BrandonBernard is that in addition to his work with youth, he also really likes to crochet.

Kim Kardashian

“Brandon Bernard, a 40-year-old father is going to be executed tomorrow by our federal government,” Kim wrote last night.

“Having gotten to know Brandon, I am heartbroken about this execution. I’m calling on @realDonaldTrump to grant Brandon a commutation and allow him to live out his sentence in prison.”

She later added: “Most of the time executions happen, in our names, without a lot of attention given to them.

“This is unacceptable. For the next 24 hours I will be tweeting about Brandon and his case and why his life should be spared by @realDonaldTrump.”

Stacie Bagley died of smoke inhalation and Todd Bagley died of a gunshot wound

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Stacie Bagley died of smoke inhalation and Todd Bagley died of a gunshot wound

In a series of tweets last month, Kim condemned the double killing but said she didn’t think Bernard deserved to die because of something he did when he was 18.

“First, I want to say that a terrible crime was committed and me fighting for a stay of execution does not take away from the sympathy I have for the victim’s Todd and Stacie Bagley, and their families.” she wrote.

“While Brandon did participate in this crime, his role was minor compared to that of the other teens involved, two of whom are home from prison now.”

Bernard was convicted along with four others over the killing of Todd and Stacie in Killen, Texas, in 1999.

The group, all teens at the time, held the Bagleys at gunpoint and robbed them before shooting them, placing their bodies in the trunk of their car, and torching it.

One of Bernard’s co-defendants, Christopher Vialva, thought to be the person who actually shot the couple, was executed by lethal injection on September 24 of this year.

Campaigners say that Bernard was not present when the Bagleys were initially kidnapped and that he didn’t know of any intention to kill the pair.

Kim demanded that Trump intervene and halt his execution

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Kim demanded that Trump intervene and halt his execution
She said the federal killing of Brandon was 'unacceptable'

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She said the federal killing of Brandon was ‘unacceptable’

Attorneys acting in his defense last month asked a judge to postpone his execution on the grounds that mitigating evidence had not been presented to the court at Bernard’s trial in 2000.

However, earlier this week a judge denied the request to lift his death sentence conviction.

Bernard’s lawyers argued that prosecutors withheld a witness who conveyed their client’s low rank in the gang.

But in an order written on Tuesday, Judge James Sweeney of the US District Court of the Southern District of Indiana, said that the expert witness’s account was not compelling enough to overcome the jury’s death sentence decision.

Sweeney wrote that Bernard’s sentence “reflects the actual conduct in this case,” instead of considering “hierarchy in general.”

“Namely, the jury recommended a life sentence for Mr. Bernard where the murder of Mr. Bagley was directly attributable not to Mr. Bernard but to the bullet fired by Mr. Vialva,” Sweeney wrote, according to the Indianapolis Star.

“And the jury recommended a death sentence for Mr. Bernard only where the murder of Mrs. Bagley was attributable, at least in part, to smoke she inhaled from the fire directly set by Mr. Bernard.”