Temporary stay of execution for 83-year-old Alabama inmate Walter Moody

Temporary stay of execution for 83-year-old Alabama inmate Walter Moody

Temporary stay of execution for 83-year-old Alabama inmate Walter Moody

Walter Leroy Moody Jr, who used mail bombs to assassinate a federal appeals court judge and a civil rights lawyer in the USA in 1989, has been executed at the Alabama prison where he spent decades denying his guilt. A jury found him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and his conviction has been upheld at every level of the judicial system.

Moody did not give a last statement before he was executed, CNN reports.

His unsuccessful efforts to have his conviction overturned in that case stirred a protracted rage against the 11th Circuit, which has jurisdiction in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, Moody's home state.

Moody maintained his innocence, and his attorneys argued in court filings and a clemency petition to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey that his age and vein condition would make lethal injection more hard. Authorities said those bombs were meant to make investigators think the crimes were racially motivated. Two other bombs, including one mailed to the NAACP office in Jacksonville, Fla., were intercepted and did not explode.

Moody was convicted in 1996 for the murder of federal Judge Robert Vance in Birmingham, Alabama.

In 1991 he was given seven years life sentences in a district court in United States for the deadly bombing series.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions notified the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday that he consents to Alabama's custody of Moody to carry out the execution. "Robert Vance Jr.is a circuit judge in Jefferson County and his wife, Joyce White Vance, preceded me in this office as U.S. Attorney".

"He was a great judge, a great lawyer before that, and a great father", he said. As chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party in the 1960s and 1970s, Vance worked to bring African Americans into the party and often "butted heads" with segregationist Governor George Wallace, his son said.

Vance told the outlet that he has made peace with his father's death but did not attend the execution. Moody, he added, fits the definition of a psychopath.

Moody maintained his innocence to the end. In a recent letter to Mr Vance Jr, he wrote, "Had my Dad been murdered, I would want to know who had done it". Prosecutors said that was the motive behind killing the judge; then he targeted Robinson, a black civil rights lawyer and the N.A.A.C.P., to make it look like the Ku Klux Klan was behind the attacks. They also argued that Vance was personally opposed to the death penalty. The younger Vance said he put the letter in the trash.

In the effort to spare his life, Moody's attorneys have raised his victim's personal opposition to the death penalty in their request for clemency from Gov. Kay Ivey.

"The murder of Judge Vance was unprovoked and inexcusable". It is a rare case because he is the oldest person to get capital punishment.

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