Package bomber Walter Leroy Moody scheduled for execution

Alabama executes man, 83, oldest in modern US history

Supreme Court to let execution plans proceed

The state of Alabama executed an 83-year-old man convicted of sending out fatal mail bombs - making him the oldest U.S. inmate to be put to death in modern times.

Moody's official time of death is listed as 8:42 p.m., according to those at Holman Correctional Facility.

USA 11th Circuit of Appeals Judge Robert Vance Sr. was in his home in Mountain Brook, Ala., in 1989 when he opened a package containing a bomb. The explosion happened at their kitchen table in Mountain Brook, Alabama, the Associated Press reported.

"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".

If the sentence is carried out, Moody will become the oldest inmate put to death since the United States resumed executions in the 1970s. Moody was placed on death row after a jury convicted him of capital murder at a trial in Alabama five years later.

Other parcel bombs were found in the offices of the Atlanta appeals court of which Vance was a member and in the offices of the NAACP black rights association in Jacksonville, Florida.

The execution is set to happen almost 30 years after Walter Leroy Moody Jr. killed a federal judge with a bomb mailed to his home.

Alabama's execution of a 61-year-old inmate was stopped last month because workers couldn't find a usable vein.

Moody's attorneys filed clemency petition to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, arguing that his age and vein condition would make lethal injection more hard.


The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily delayed the planned execution of an Alabama man convicted of a judge's mail-bomb slaying.

Walter Leroy Moody, Jr., of Georgia.

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.

"He was a great judge, a great lawyer before that, and a great father", he said earlier as the execution loomed.

Moody, who attended law school and apparently resented that he could not practice, maintained his innocence. Vance said he tossed the letter in the trash.

The younger Vance made no plans to witness the execution.

He did not witness the execution.

Up until Thursday evening, John Nixon was the oldest prisoner executed when he was put to death at the age of 77 in December 2005 in Mississippi.

According to local media reports, prosecutors originally thought the killings of Vance and Robinson, who were African Americans, were racially motivated.

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