A DEATH row inmate uttered his final words "I'm ready, Father" as he was executed despite his mom's desperate pleas for Donald trump to spare him.

Christopher Vialva, 40, was pronounced dead just before 7pm after receiving a lethal injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.


Vialva was 19-years-old when he shot dead Christian youth preachers Todd and Stacie Bagley before torching them in the truck of their car in 1999 in Texas.

He is just the seventh federal prisoner to be executed this year after the Trump administration won a legal battle to restart federal executions in April.

Also, he is the first black inmate to be put to death as part of the new surge in state executions.

In his final statement, the killer asked God to comfort the families of his victims, asking "healing their hearts with grace and love".

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.

The double murderer had express regret for what he did in a video statement released before his execution.

He 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."

Lisa also expressed her condolences to Todd and Stacie's family, saying "I am so sorry for your loss".

Todd's mom Georgia however welcomed her son's killers death and rebuffed calls for mercy from Lisa.

Georgia said: "I believe when someone deliberately takes the life of another, they suffer the consequences for their actions.

"Christopher's mother had the opportunity to visit hi for the past 21 years.

"We have had to wait for 21 years for justice and closure. We cannot be with our children for visits or to see them on holidays. We were denied that privilege."

Prosecutors claimed he was the boastful leader of a gang in Killeen, Texas, who carried out the murders in cold blood.

His defense team have however argued this was false and said it is an attempt to lean into negative stereotypes.

Vialva's lawyer Susan Otto has argued that race played a role in landing him the death penalty as he was convicted by one black juror and 11 white jurors.



She said: "It played right into the narrative that he was a dangerous Black thug who killed these lovely white people. And they were lovely."

Otto claims Vialva's mental development was up to four years younger than 19 at the time the murders, so he should have been treated as a juvenile.

Court filings state that Todd and Stacie were on their way home from a Sunday service when they were approached by Vialva and his teen accomplices.

It was claimed to be a planned robbery, but then Vialva pulled out a gun and told them "plans have changed".

The teens locked the Bagleys in the trunk of their car after stealing their money, jewelry and ATM cards – driving around for hours trying to withdraw cash.

They also attempted to pawn Stacie's wedding ring as the couple pleaded for their lives.

Eventually they pulled over and begun to pour lighter fluid inside the car, while the Bagleys sang "Jesus loves us" from the trunk.

Vialva is said to have put on a ski mask and shot the Bagleys in the head before setting fire to the car to burn the bodies.

Prosecutors claimed that Stacie was still alive as the flames engulfed the vehicle.

His execution is the first time in almost 70 years that the US state killed a man for crimes committed as a teenager.

The Supreme Court had cleared the way for his death as it turned down a request for a stay of execution.

Last year, Attorney General Bill Barr announced the first federal execution dates in 16 years, and shortly after, Vialva was told his execution date.

Pleading for her son's life, Vialva's mother Lisa said: "The only thing my son has said is that he’s deeply remorseful for the pain he’s caused to the family, and me with his actions that day. "

She added: “I’m still holding onto my faith and praying for a miracle that somehow the President will see that he’s not the same person."

Trump restarted federal executions as he positions himself as a law and order candidate amid a wave of racially-charged unrest across the US.

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