Gayland Bradford was convicted of the shooting death of 29-year-old Brian Williams during a robbery of a food store in Dallas on Dec 29, 1988. Williams was shot four times with a handgun and later died of his wounds. Bradford stole a .357 revolver, a cap and the victim's wallet before fleeing the store. He was arrested on January 3, 1989, and later gave police a voluntary statement.
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death of a convenience store security guard has been given an execution date.
Gayland Charles Bradford, now 41, was sentenced to death in 1990 for the slaying
of Brian Edward Williams at Angelo's Food Store in Dallas. He's scheduled to die
by lethal injection the evening of Oct. 14, 2010.
The store's video surveillance system caught the murder on tape. It showed
Bradford calmly walking into the store and shooting Williams in the back. After
Williams fell to the floor, the video showed Bradford bending over him and
shooting him three more times.
Bradford stole a .357 revolver, a cap and Williams' wallet before fleeting the
store, according to Texas Department of Criminal Justice documents.
bragged about the incident.
At the time of the murder, Bradford was on parole for a robbery conviction in
Dallas County. He was sentenced to four years in prison, but was let out two
years early—just eight months before the homicide, TDCJ records show.
12 Texans have been executed in 2010. Bradford will be the 7th North Texas-area
offender to die by lethal injection this year. Besides Bradford, five more
offenders are currently scheduled for execution this year.
I am writing to you to express my concerns regarding the execution of Gayland Bradford, scheduled for October 14th in Texas. There is no doubt that this man committed a murder, but I do not believe that the death penalty will solve or accomplish anything positive. The death penalty has been proven in many research studies to fail at reducing and deterring violent crime. Fighting death with death is ineffective and demonstrates the wrong message to citizens. It condones violence and death and revenge, which is unacceptable. The death penalty is inhumane, cruel, vengeful, discriminatory, and uncivilized. Executing this man will only create more innocent victims- his family members. In addition, executions do not promote healing or restore peace to victims' families. The death penalty is also racially biased, as black individuals who have white victims, such as Bradford, are much more likely to receive the death penalty. That is unjust. I urge you to please commute Bradford's death sentence to life imprisonment. Bradford also has a grade 8 education level, which is low. This man could benefit from further education and the death penalty completely denies the possibility or opportunity for rehabilitation and self-improvement. Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.