CBS’ Gayle King should be fired and vicious murderers should be put to death
By Ray Hanania
It’s very upsetting to watch CBS TV’s Gayle King plead for the life of Brandon Bernard who is to be executed today for the 1999 murder of Todd and Stacie Bagley, a married couple in their mid-20s. King never mentioned what Bernard did to deserve the death penalty along with his partner, Christopher Andre Vialva.
Vialva, Bernard and three others tortured the couple for more than seven hours before murdering them in Killeeen, Texas on June 21, 1999. The killers were members of a local street gang in Texas and they sent a 15 year old to stop Bagley’s car and beg for a ride. Once the Bagley’s stopped, four of the others jumped into the car at gunpoint.
They put Todd, a U.S. Veteran, and Stacie in the trunk of the car and drove around for seven hours as the couple pleaded to be released. Instead, the gang members emptied out their bank accounts and stripped the couple of their money and jewelry and clothing.
Vialva shot both Todd and Stacie in the face, killing Todd instantly. Stacie was shot int he mouth after watching her husband being killed by Vialva and Bernard. Bernard had helped Vialva put the Bagleys in the trunk. After Vialva shot them, leaving Stacie bleeding and seriously wounded, Bernard poured lighter fluid on the car and victims and set them on fire to destroy the “evidence.” Staci bleeding from her face was burned alive in the trunk of the car. They said she died from “smoke inhalation” as her skin burned.
From the filed court records:
“Vialva, Bernard, Lewis and Brown drove to an isolated spot in the Belton Lake Recreation Area on the Fort Hood military reservation. Vialva parked the Bagleys’ car on top of a little hill. Brown and Bernard poured lighter fluid on the interior of the car while the Bagleys sang and prayed in the trunk.
“According to Brown, Stacie’s last words were “Jesus loves you” and “Jesus, take care of us.” Vialva crudely cussed at her in reply. Vialva put on his mask, and told Lewis to open the trunk. Vialva then shot Todd in the head with the .40 caliber gun, killing him instantly. Vialva shot Stacie in the right side of her face, knocking her unconscious, but not killing her. Bernard set the car on fire. An autopsy later revealed that Stacie died from smoke inhalation.”
Vialva and Bernard were convicted and sentenced to death. Their parents had 21 years to visit and console their sons while the parents of the victims had to live with their grief and the media’s biased, one-sided claims of racism and racial injustice.
Vialva was executed in September, and Todd Bagley’s mother released a statement agonizing over how everyone was concerned about Vialva but not about the vicious and horrific murder of her son and daughter-in-law.Gayle King is a disgrace and so are those who are now pleading for a halt to Bernard’s execution. She didn’t make one mention of Todd or Stacie Bagley, who were treated like dirt, brutalized, tortured, abused and then viciously murdered in cold blood. Two people who dedicated their lives to helping others were preyed upon by teenage gang members.
Instead of focusing on the suffering and the victims, the media and celebrity focus has been and is on race. Bernard and Vialva are African American. The Bagley’s, who were Christian youth ministers from Iowa helping African American youth, were White.
The internet is filled with remembrances of Vialva and stories about Bernard, but you can barely find anything about the victims, Todd and Stacie Bagley, which should be the real focus of this story.
Gayle King should be fired from CBS for her racist bias. I find her disgusting!
These murderers should have been put to death 21 years ago for their crimes when the viciousness of their brutality could not be spun by a racist news media.
Hey Gayle, do your high salaried job. Here’s a link on the Bagleys.
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