Oldest man in modern U.S. history executed

Oldest man in modern U.S. history executed

The 83-year-old was killed by lethal injection Thursday at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama after the Supreme Court denied his lawyer's request for a temporary delay, CNN reported.

Walter Leroy Moody Jr, who used mail bombs to assassinate a federal appeals court judge and a civil rights lawyer in the United States in 1989, has been executed at the Alabama prison where he spent decades denying his guilt.

If the penalty were to be carried out, Moody would replace John Nixon, who was 77 when put to death in December 2005 in MS, as the oldest person executed since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Centre.

Moody killed two people in December 1989 using package bombs. The letter said Layfield would be killed if he did not carry out the demand. His lawyers did not raise his age in legal filings, but they unsuccessfully argued in a clemency petition to Alabama's governor that his age and health would complicate the lethal injection procedure.

He was also convicted for the bombing death of Georgia NAACP attorney Robert Robinson. In his unsuccessful appeal against the verdict, prosecutors said he made up evidence, and when his efforts failed Moody began building bombs to take revenge.

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The US Supreme Court allowed the execution to proceed despite last-minute appeals from Moody's lawyers arguing that he should first serve his federal sentence and that transfer to the state was illegal. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said Moody became obsessed with having the 1972 conviction he believed had ruined his career and his life overturned.

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 younger Vance, who does not plan to witness the execution, said he had to make peace with his father's death, but said he has no doubt that Moody is guilty.

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.

"Moody was tried, convicted by a jury of his peers twice, the final time with the recommendation of the death penalty", he said.

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