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Walter Leroy Moody Executed Thursday Night


Walter Leroy Moody is scheduled to die for his crimes in Montgomery, Alabama on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

Judge Robert S. Vance, a member of the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was at his kitchen table in Mountain Brook, Alabama, on December 16, 1989, when he opened a package after a morning of errands and yard work. They said he then sent out additional package bombs to make it look like the Ku Klux Klan was behind the judge's murder.

WJBF had a chance to speak with his family about the horrific event that changed their lives forever. An Alabama jury convicted him of capital murder five years later, and he was put on the state's death row.

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

Moody's attorneys, in their unsuccessful clemency petition argued that his victim was opposed to the death penalty, and halting the execution would honor Vance's beliefs. Alabama halted an execution last month after workers couldn't find a usable vein on a 61-year-old inmate.

The US Supreme Court issued a temporary stay for Moody around 6 p.m. Thursday, which was then lifted around 7:20 p.m., AL.com reports.




"That's one of the real frustrating things about it because it's nearly a random chance", Vance, a Jefferson County circuit judge running for the state Supreme Court, said in the interview.

Instead, Moody's final efforts to avoid execution, which the US Supreme Court rejected, were largely procedural, including whether the federal government could turn him over to Alabama - and its execution chamber - while Moody served his federal sentence of seven life terms, plus 400 years.

Moody's execution highlighted getting older US departure row inhabitants that have led countries to put to departure 10 offenders age 70 or elderly simply because 2006, for example Moody.

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

"He believed the Democratic Party should be open and not be the party of George Wallace and the Dixiecrats", LaPierre said. "Tonight, Mr. Moody's appeals finally came to a rightful end".

The inmate, who maintains his innocence, was also found guilty of planting another explosive that killed civil rights lawyer Robert Robinson two days later. After his release, Moody attended law school and sought to have his conviction overturned so he could practice law.

'Had my Dad been murdered, I would want to know who had done it, ' he wrote, according to CBS. "Justice has been served".

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