83 Year Old Executed for Murder in Alabama

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Walter Leroy Moody Jr

An Alabama inmate who was convicted of killing a federal judge in 1989 via a mail-bomb has been executed by lethal injection to become the oldest prisoner put to death in the United States in modern times.

Walter Leroy Moody Jr., 83, was pronounced dead on Thursday following an injection at the Alabama prison at Atmore.

He had no last statement and did not respond when an official asked if he had any last words shortly before the chemicals began flowing.

Authorities said Moody sent out four mail bombs in December of 1989, killing a member of the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in Alabama, Judge Robert S. Vance, and Robert E. Robinson, a black civil rights attorney from Savannah, Georgia.

At his 1996 trial, prosecutors described Moody as a meticulous coward who killed Judge Vance because of his obsession with getting revenge on the legal system.

According to the non-profit Death Penalty Information Center, Moody became the oldest U.S. inmate put to death since executions resumed in the U.S. in the 1970s.

Vance’s son, Robert Vance Jr., now a circuit judge in Jefferson County and Democratic candidate for chief justice in Alabama, said it’s important that people remember how his father lived, not just how he died.

Net/Maxwell Oyekunle

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