Kim Kardashian Breaks Down After Speaking To Death Row Inmate Ahead Of His Execution

Kim Kardashian broke down in tears after speaking with death row inmate Brandon Bernard ahead of his execution in the latest episode of the Hulu series The Kardashians.
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Forty-year-old Bernard was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder, robbery, and kidnapping of Todd and Stacie Bagley in 1999, when he was 18 years old. He remained on death row until his execution in December 2020.

Per Metro, the 41-year-old reality TV star revealed that she was his last call before dying, saying: "I got to know him pretty well in his last few days, and I posted it all on social media because he really wanted me to share his story."

In footage filmed just before Bernard’s execution took place, Kim got emotional as the inmate described the process of the execution: "First thing that they'll do is push me in that chair and I don't want to be panicking and stuff so they have to give me some kind of shot," he told Kim during their final phone call.

After seeing her cry, Bernard consoled her over the phone and said: "But you don't gotta be sad."

Watch the clip below:

The SKIMS founder reflected on the phone call during a confessional in which she said: "The fact that he was the one who tried to calm me down from crying broke my heart."

"He was executed. We weren’t able to stop it. But this is why I do what I do because the system is so broken," she added. "The death penalty is so inhumane. I have to fight harder to make sure this doesn’t happen to someone else."

Kim spoke out about Bernard's execution on multiple occasions, including just before his death, when she tweeted: "1 hour until Brandon Bernard will be executed. It’s #HumanRightsDay and here in the United States we are executing someone who was 18 at the time of the crime, was not the shooter, and has rehabilitated himself. So shameful."

After his execution she tweeted that she was heartbroken: "I’m so messed up right now. They killed Brandon. He was such a reformed person. So hopeful and positive until the end. More importantly, he is sorry, so sorry for the hurt and pain he has caused others."

Kim continues to advocate for prison reform. In March 2020, she visited the White House with three women who were released from prison to further her campaign for changes to the US justice system.

Back in 2018, she campaigned for Alice Marie Johnson - a 64-year-old woman that was serving a life sentence. Johnson was eventually released from prison after 19 years.

The Kardashians star soon began her legal training in the following year and passed the baby bar in December 2021. She has expressed that being able to free Johnson influenced her decision to pursue a career in law.

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