Federal Government Executes Brandon Bernard Despite Last-Minute Appeals

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The U.S. government executed Brandon Bernard by lethal injection Thursday, despite nationwide outcry and last-minute appeals to have his execution halted.

Bernard received an injection of phenobarbital inside a chamber in a U.S. prison in Terre Haute, Ind., according to The Associated Press.

Bernard, 40, was a teenager when when he was convicted in a 1999 double murder in Texas, according to NBC News.

His case drew renewed interest in recent days with many on social media and some lawmakers arguing that the death penalty was too harsh a punishment for Bernard, who was 19 when he was sentenced to be executed.

Read more at The Hill.




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