CHRISTOPHER Vialva was put to death as part of the Trump's administration resumption of federal executions.
He was involved, with Brandon Bernard and three others, of the killing of Todd and Stacie Bagley in 1999.
Who was Christopher Vialva?
Christopher Vialva, 40, was an inmate on death row who was executed earlier this year.
According to court documents, he was one of the five members of a gang that participated in the robbery and murder of a couple in 1999.
Both he and Brandon Bernard were sentenced to death – with Bernard's execution scheduled to take place today (December 10, 2020).
What was his role in the murders of Todd and Stacie Bagley?
Vialva was 19 when he shot Todd and Stacie Bagley and burned them in the trunk of their car in 1999.
Court filings say the couple were returning home from a Sunday worship service in Texas when Vialva and four others asked them for a lift as they stopped at a store.
The teens were planning to rob the couple, but after the Bagleys agreed to give them a lift and began driving, Vialva pulled out a gun and told them: "Plans have changed."
The teens stole the couple's money, cards and jewelry and locked the couple inside the trunk of their car.
Vialva, who was the oldest in the group, then donned a ski mask, opened the trunk and shot the Bagleys in the head.
In 2000, Vialva was convicted of carjacking and murdering the couple, and was put on death row.
His lawyer, Susan Otto, said race played a role in landing her client on death row for killing the white couple, USA Today reports.
In a video statement released before his execution in September, Vialva said: "I committed a grave wrong when I was a lost kid and took two precious lives from this world.
"Every day, I wish I could right this wrong."
When was Christopher Vialva executed?
He was executed by lethal injection on September 24 at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana.
His final words were "I'm ready, Father" and he was declared dead at 6.46pm.
Vialva's mom Lisa Brown had pleaded with Trump to pardon her son, saying he is "not the same person" as the teen who killed the couple.
Since he was imprisoned, Vialva has become a Messianic Jew and spent two years convincing prison staff to allow him to conduct weekly services.
Vialva's was the seventh federal execution since July.
Bernard's execution is scheduled to take place today, December 10, but campaigners are calling for it to be stopped as he did not have a leading role in the crime and was aged 18 at the time.
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