The state of Alabama has executed Walter Leroy Moody, 83, who had been sentenced to death for the murder of a federal judge in 1989.
Moody is the oldest person sentenced to death since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, according to data collected by the Death Penalty Information Center.
Earlier on Thursday, the Supreme Court denied Moody’s lawyer’s appeals after temporarily delaying his death by lethal injection.
Moody was convicted in 1996 of the murder of federal judge Robert Vance in Birmingham, Alabama.
“Moody has spent most of these three decades trying to avoid justice.” Tonight, Mr. Moody’s appeals have finally reached their legitimate conclusion, “justice has been served,” Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said.
Moody’s lawyers appealed to the Supreme Court after the Alabama High Court denied his request for a stay of execution.
He was convicted in Alabama for sending a bomb that killed Vance, a federal appellate judge. Moody, according to prosecutors, sought revenge on the court and the judge because previously they had refused to revoke his sentence in 1972 in a case of possession of a bomb.
He was also convicted in federal court in 1991 for killing Vance and for the murder of Robert Robinson, a lawyer with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Savannah, Georgia. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Moody said he had been set up.
Moody rejected a final state meal and instead took two Philly cheese steak sandwiches and drank two Dr Peppers during a visit from friends and their lawyers at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama, where he was executed.
Jason Quick is the lead editor for Alabama Post Gazette. Jason has been working as a freelance journalist for nearly a decade having published stories in many print and digital publications including, The Birmingham News and Tuscaloosa News. Jason is based in Birmingham and covers issues affecting his city and his country. When he’s not busy writing, Jason enjoys skiing and painting..