Security Guard Killer Gets Date With Death

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    The Texas death chamber in Huntsville.

    20 years after his trial, a Dallas County man convicted in the 1988 shooting 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 October 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.

    The gunman’s girlfriend testified during the trial that the then 20 year old 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.