83-Year-Old Convict Executed

by Abel Hampton April 22, 2018, 1:23
83-Year-Old Convict Executed

Prosecutors said Moody, an ex-law school student, was angry at the legal system for refusing to overturn a 1972 pipe-bomb possession conviction. "Justice has been served".

Moody was convicted of mailing a bomb in 1989 that killed U.S. Circuit Court Judge Robert Vance, 58, and another that killed Georgia civil rights attorney Robert Robinson.

Walter Leroy Moody was killed by lethal injection on Thursday night after he was denied multiple requests for a stay of execution.

. The 83-year-old Moody was convicted first in federal court and sentenced to seven life sentences plus 400 years.

It was the eighth execution to be carried out in the United States in 2018, CNN reported.

"In the nearly 30 years since the explosion at their Mountain Brook home killed Judge Vance and seriously injured his wife, Helen, his family never lost faith in America's system of justice and the rule of law", Town said.

Although Moody was found guilty on scores of federal charges, his execution was punishment for a 1996 state court conviction for the murder of Judge Robert Vance Sr of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Moody's execution highlighted aging US death row populations that have led states to put to death 10 inmates age 70 or older since 2006, including Moody.

In last-hour appeals, Moody's lawyers had asked the US Supreme Court to stay his execution in order to review whether his federal sentence, which was handed down first, could be interrupted.

Officials consider executions performed after 1976 "modern times" - since that's when the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty. According to DPIC, Alabama has carried out 63 of the 1,473 executions in the USA since 1976.

"I'm not a psychiatrist, but if you're talking about using labels like psychopath, this seems to be the kind of person that would fit that description because of absolute lack of empathy or concern for others", Mr Vance said.

An Alabama inmate is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his upcoming execution.

U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions has told Alabama officials that they can have full custody of Moody to carry out his death sentence. Oklahoma announced in March that it would begin using nitrogen for executions when the state resumes death sentences due to the difficulty in obtaining lethal injection drugs.

The execution is set to happen almost 30 years after Walter Leroy Moody Jr. killed a federal judge with a bomb mailed to his home. It's unclear when he was convicted of killing Robinson.

According to the Death Penalty Information Center, Moody will be the oldest inmate put to death in the United States in modern times. Even though he was also convicted of a similar pipe bomb death of a Georgia attorney, Moody has spent the better part of three decades trying to avoid justice.


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