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21 April 2018, 10:04 | Colleen Roy
Walter Moody, 83, oldest Man to ever be executed
Inmate, 83, is executed in death of federal...
His lethal injection comes just months after Alabama botched the execution of a 61-year-old man with terminal cancer and compromised veins - who was lucky enough to get a stay after workers were unable to administer the poison.
In 1991, Moody was convicted in the murder of USA 11th Circuit Court Appeals Judge Robert S. Vance as well as the murder of Robert E. Robinson, a civil rights lawyer from Georgia.
According to CBS News, the explosion killed Vance instantly and seriously injured his wife.
Moody had attended law school, and even acted as his own attorney as his case made its way through the legal system.
It has been almost 30 years since Robinson's death. Officials intercepted a device that was sent to the 11th Circuit's offices in Atlanta, as well as a bomb that was mailed to a Florida office of the NAACP.
A second bomb was sent to Robinson in an attempt to confuse investigators, prosecutors said.
Moody replaced John Nixon, who was 77 when subjected to departure at December 2005 at MS, as the oldest person executed because the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, which tracks U.S. money punishment. Years later, after a trial in state court ended, Moody was found guilty, and the jury voted 11 to 1 that he be sentenced to death.
The U.S. Supreme Court temporarily stayed execution plans Thursday evening to consider Moody's late appeals, but later lifted the stay without comment, allowing the execution to go forward. They also argued that the aggravating factors used to impose a death sentence were improper.
A case involving another geriatric death-row inmate in Alabama will soon make its way before the U.S. Supreme Court. And in a sign of how death row populations are aging amid a nationwide decline in executions, Moody became the eighth inmate older than 65 put to death since the beginning of 2015.
Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert Vance talks in his office in Birmingham, Ala., near a portrait of his father, slain U.S. Circuit Judge Robert S. Vance.
. On Thursday, the judge's son acknowledged that his father had expressed reservations about executions.
As chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party in the 1960s and early 1970s, Vance worked to bring African-Americans into the party and fought then-Gov. Authorities would later say they believed Moody had picked some of his targets to try to make them believe racism or hate groups were involved.
Moody has maintained his innocence insisting he was framed. The younger Vance said he put the letter in the bin. Moody, he added, fits the definition of a psychopath.
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