Who Was Walter Leroy Moody? Alabama Executes 83-Year-Old Serial Bomber

Vance had been part of an en banc court that refused to overturn Moody's conviction for possessing a pipe bomb that detonated and injured his wife.

"He believed the Democratic Party should be open and not be the party of George Wallace and the Dixiecrats", LaPierre said.

If his execution is carried out, Moody will be the oldest inmate put to death since executions resumed in the U.S.in the 1970s, according to the non-profit Death Penalty Information Center.

Passing row inmate and condemned pipe bomb killer Walter Moody, scheduled to be implemented at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama, U.S. on April 19, 2018, is observed Within This undated Alabama Department of Corrections picture.

In last-hour appeals, Moody's lawyers had asked the US Supreme Court to stay his execution in order to review whether his federal sentence, which was handed down first, could be interrupted.

At his 1996 trial, prosecutors described Moody as a meticulous coward who killed Vance because of his obsession with getting revenge on the legal system.

The previous record holder for oldest inmate to be put to death in modern times was set by John Nixon, a 77-year-old MS man who was convicted of murdering a woman in 1985. In 1991, Moody was sentenced in federal court to seven life terms along with 400 years behind bars.

Earlier this year, the group's records show, Georgia executed a 67-year-old death row inmate.

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. Moody had mailed two other bombs to the NAACP office in Jacksonville, Florida but they were intercepted and did not explode. On Thursday, the judge's son acknowledged that his father had expressed reservations about executions.

Moody has maintained his innocence insisting he was framed. In a recent letter to Mr Vance Jr, he wrote, "Had my Dad been murdered, I would want to know who had done it".

The court is expected to rule later whether the execution plan can proceed. The nation's high court had no comment on those last-minute appeals on Thursday.

The younger Vance said his father also upheld death sentences because he believed in following the law.

The Justice Department said Mr Sessions, Alabama's attorney-general when Moody was tried in state court, had determined that the federal government did not object to Moody's being in Alabama's custody "for purposes of carrying out the capital sentence". Moody's appeals finally came to a rightful end.

Vance told the outlet that he has made peace with his father's death but did not attend the execution.

  • Tracy Klein