Thursday, June 2, 2011

R.I.P. Gayland Bradford

Roman Colosseum lit to protest an execution
On June 1, 2011, Texas executed Gayland Bradford for the 1988 killing of Brian Williams, a Dallas food store security guard.

Bradford's lawyers unsuccessfully sought to stop the execution because Bradford, with an I.Q. of 68, has an intellectual disability that makes him ineligible for the death penalty.

This is the 20th execution in the United States in 2011, the fourth in Texas.  Bradford is the 10th African American to be executed this year.  According to the Death Penalty Information Center, four times as many people have been executed in Texas than in any other state since the death penalty was reinstated in the United States in 1976


Col Dean said...

For too long, too many people use excuses to excuse mitigate heinous crimes. Too many gullible people are taken in by these excuses. I applaud the State of Texas for ridding society of cold blooded killers. This man (and I use the term man loosely), shot a guard in the back, and then while the guard who was severely wounded and no longer a threat, shot him three more times. He deserved to be executed, and he died in a infinately more humane manner than the guard who's life he so callously took. Here in England, we abolished the death penalty in 1965, much to the detriment of society. Again I say, "well done Texas".

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