Brad Sigmon, South Carolina

 

Updated: Monday, February 8, 2021

Brad Keith Sigmon was scheduled to be executed on February 12, 2021, at the Broad River Capital Punishment Facility, at the Broad River Correctional Institute, in Columbia, South Carolina. His execution has been stayed. Sixty-three-year-old Brad is convicted of murdering David and Gladys Larke, in their home in 2002. Brad has been on death row in South Carolina for the last 18 years.

Brad did not have an easy childhood, as he was often neglected. Brad has an extensive history of drugs use. Brad also suffered from a recurrent major depressive disorder and a chemical dependency disorder.

Brad Sigmon and Rebecca Larke began dating in 1999. Their relationship became intimate and by 2002, they were living together in a trailer, next to the trailer of David and Gladys Larke, Rebecca’s parents. In 2002, Rebecca informed Sigmon that she did not want to see him anymore and asked him to move out. David also served Sigmon with eviction papers.

Approximately one week after Sigmon was asked to leave, he was smoking crack cocaine and drinking with his friend Eugene Strube, in Rebecca’s trailer. While doing drugs and drinking, Sigmon made a plan to tie up Rebecca’s parents and kidnap Rebecca.

 

The following day, after Rebecca left the trailer, Sigmon and Strube left Rebecca’s trailer, however on the way to her parents’ trailer, Strube decided he no longer wanted to participate and left. Sigmon grabbed a baseball bat and entered the trailer belonging to David and Gladys.

 

Upon seeing Sigmon, David told Gladys to grab his gun. Before she could do so, Sigmon hit David over the head with the baseball bat several times. Sigmon then ran after Gladys, hitting her several times. Sigmon returned to where David lay, and hit him several more times because he was still moving. Sigmon then checked on Gladys, saw she was still moving, and hit her several more times.

 

Sigmon took David’s gun and waited for Rebecca to return home. He forced her into a vehicle, planning to drive the two of them to North Carolina. However, Rebecca managed to jump out of the car. Sigmon shot at her, but fled when he read out of bullets. Rebecca was injured, but was able to contact the police and tell them what happened. Police went to check on her parents and discovered that both had died from their injuries.

 

Sigmon was later arrested in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where he was located after he called his mother, who agreed to help the police. After his arrest, Sigmon confessed to the murders of David and Gladys. He also admitted to intending to murder Rebecca and then commit suicide. He was tried, convicted and sentenced to death.

 

The South Carolina Supreme Court has stayed Sigmon's execution due to lack of drugs. South Carolina has not carried out an execution by lethal injection since 2011, and has struggled to find a source for their execution drugs, as the state does not have a secrecy law that would protect the identity of the supplier from becoming public knowledge. Inmates in South Carolina, have the option of selecting to be executed by lethal injection or via the electric chair. Sigmon declined to select a method and filed an appeal, arguing that he has not been provided the necessary information to make an informed decision.  If an inmates does not select a method of execution, the default method is lethal injection.

 

Pray for peace and healing for the family of David and Gladys. Pray for strength for the family of Brad Sigmon. Pray that if Brad is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be provided prior to his execution. Pray that Brad may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

 

 

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