Gayland Bradford, Texas


June 1, 2011

Gayland Charles Bradford was executed by the state of Texas on June 1, 2011. Gayland was pronounced dead at 6:25 pm CDT, inside the Walls Unit execution chamber at the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Gayland was 42 years of age. He was executed for the murder of 29-year-old security guard Brian Edward Williams on December 29, 1988, during a robbery of a Dallas, Texas grocery store. Gayland spent the last 21 years of his life on Texas’ death row.

Gayland dropped out of school after the eighth grade and worked as a stocker and laborer prior to his arrest. Gayland had previously been convicted of a robbery and was on parole at the time of the murder. Gayland also had other interactions with police, as he was known for not obeying the law.

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Brian Williams. Please pray for the family of Gayland.


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