Oldest man in modern U.S. history executed

Lawyers launched a last-ditch appeal to save the life of Walter Moody, who had faced the lethal injection at 6pm local time (midnight BST).

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

Alabama state Auditor Jim Ziegler criticized the execution of Moody, and his 20-plus years behind bars, not as cruel and unusual punishment, which is banned by the Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution, but because it defeats the deterrent of the death penalty.

Moody became the oldest USA inmate put to death since executions resumed in the USA in the 1970s, according to the non-profit Death Penalty Information Centre. "Justice has been served".

Prosecutors have said Moody sent the bomb to the judge in anger over a 1972 bomb conviction that Moody felt derailed his career and sent another to the civil rights lawyer to confuse investigators.

Moody's execution highlighted aging USA death row populations that have led states to put to death 10 inmates age 70 or older since 2006, including Moody. There were not, for example, last-minute questions about his competency or Alabama's reliance on a lethal injection protocol that includes midazolam, a sedative whose use in executions has been bitterly disputed.

Moody's attorneys, in their unsuccessful clemency petition argued that his victim was opposed to the death penalty, and halting the execution would honour Vance's beliefs.

Moody was first convicted in 1991 in federal court and sentenced to seven life terms plus 400 years.

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


A lawyer for 83-year-old Walter Leroy Moody Jr. made the claim in seeking a stay from the Alabama Supreme Court on Thursday.

Moody's attorneys argued that Sessions, under federal law, can not interrupt a federal sentence before its completion.

One way that Alabama lawmakers want to expedite the execution process is to allow the use of nitrogen gas to execute inmates.

"Thirty years is too long to carry out a sentence".

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. Oklahoma announced in March that it would begin using nitrogen for executions when the state resumes death sentences due to the difficulty in obtaining lethal injection drugs.

The execution was carried out at 8:17 p.m., according to the Department of Corrections.

Previously, Mississippi man John Nixon, 77, was the oldest man to be executed in the USA in modern times.

83, was convicted of the mail-bomb murder of a federal judge and a civil rights attorney in 1989, according to the Associated Press.


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