83-Year-Old Convict Executed

22 April, 2018, 02:46 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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A man who would become the oldest US inmate put to death in modern times is telling a court he has vein problems, hours before he's scheduled to die by lethal injection in Alabama.

Moody turned down a final meal from the state instead eating two Philly cheese steak sandwiches and drinking two Dr Peppers during a visit with friends and attorneys at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama, where he was executed.

The previous record holder for oldest inmate to be put to death in modern times was set by John Nixon, a 77-year-old MS man who was convicted of murdering a woman in 1985.

Moody had been founded guilty around 1991 for 71 charges associated with the 1989 pipe-bomb fatalities, federal government appeals judge Robert Vance as well as civil rights lawyer Robert Robinson confirmed.

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"Walter Leroy Moody has been executed for the 1989 murder of Federal Judge Robert Vance", Alabama Governor Kay Ivey's office said in a statement.

A second bomb was sent to Robinson in an attempt to confuse investigators, prosecutors said.

Separately, Moody's lawyer asked the Alabama Supreme Court to block the lethal injection arguing that an emergency medical technician who assessed Moody on Wednesday told the inmate he had "spider veins" and seemed concerned. Two other devices were detonated by police: one pipe bomb sent to the 11th Circuit's offices in Atlanta, and another to the Florida office of the N.A.A.C.P.

Lawyers for Moody filed last-minute appeals with the US Supreme Court to spare Moody's life based on his transfer from the federal court system to Alabama's.

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"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".

In 1996, Moody was convicted of killing Vance.

"Had my Dad been murdered, I would want to know who had done it", Moody wrote. On Thursday, the judge's son acknowledged that his father had expressed reservations about executions. Moody, he said, fits the definition of a psychopath.

The younger Vance said he put the letter in the bin.

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Last night, Walter Leory Moody, Jr. became the oldest inmate to be executed, according to the New York Times. "Justice has been served", a press release issued on Thursday by the Alabama Attorney General stated.

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