Walter Moody, 83, oldest Man to ever be executed

Alabama executes country's oldest inmate nearly 30 years after he killed judge, attorney with package bombs

Alabama executes country's oldest inmate nearly 30 years after he killed judge, attorney with package bombs

Alabama on Thursday executed an 83-year-old man convicted of a deadly 1989 serial bombing spree, making him the oldest known person put to death in the modern era of USA capital punishment.

Moody is the eighth inmate executed in the United States this year and the 1,473rd since the reintroduction of the death penalty, according the Death Penalty Information Center.

Lawyers launched a last-ditch appeal to save the life of Walter Moody, who had faced the lethal injection at 6pm local time (midnight BST).

Moody replaced John Nixon, who was 77 when put to death in December 2005 in MS, as the oldest person executed since the USs Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, which monitors USA capital punishment.

Death row inmate and convicted pipe bomb killer Walter Moody, scheduled to be executed at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama, U.S. on April 19, 2018, is seen in this undated Alabama Department of Corrections photo. In recent weeks, he sent Vance's son Robert Vance Jr, a circuit judge in Jefferson County, a letter stating he was innocent and the victim of a government conspiracy. Two other mail bombs were later intercepted and defused, including one at an NAACP office in Jacksonville, Florida. But, later he was indicted on capital murder charges 1996. "They think in terms of the next 30 minutes", Zeigler said.

"He was also convicted of a similar pipe bomb death of a Georgia attorney", according to a statement from the state's attorney general, Steve Marshall.

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In last-hour appeals, Moody's attorneys 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.

"He was a great judge, a great lawyer before that, and a great father", he said.

The younger Vance, who does not plan to witness the execution, said he had to make peace with his father's death, but said he has no doubt that Moody is guilty. Moody, he added, fits the definition of a psychopath.

"Mr. Moody was convicted of killing Federal Judge Robert Vance and severely injuring Judge Vance's wife with a bomb purposefully created to kill and maim". The letter said Layfield would be killed if he did not carry out the demand.

In the effort to spare his life, Moody's attorneys raised his victim's personal opposition to the death penalty in their request for clemency from Gov. Kay Ivey, which was denied. The jury in that trial recommended death by an 11 to 1 vote, and the judge imposed the death sentence. The nation's high court had no comment on those last-minute appeals on Thursday.

Moody turned down a final meal from the state and instead ate two Philly cheese steak sandwiches and drinking two Dr Peppers during a visit with friends and attorneys at the correctional facility before being executed.