Attorney General Steve Marshall comments on execution of oldest death row inmate

Lucy Bush
April 21, 2018

The octogenarian had been convicted in 1991 on federal murder charges - and then again in 1996 on state charges - after mailing out four mail bombs in December of 1989. "This dishonored the memory of Judge Vance and Mr. Robinson", Hahn 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.

Moody has maintained he did not send the bombs that killed Vance and Robinson. "Moody at this hour is unwarranted", her office said. 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. "Moody not only committed capital murder, he also sought to interrupt the flow of justice".

The prisoner named Walter Moody was convicted in a bombing case in 1989. Years later, after a trial in state court ended, Moody was found guilty, and the jury voted 11 to 1 that he be sentenced to death.

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Moody replaced John Nixon, who was 77 when subjected to departure at December 2005 at MS, as the oldest person executed because the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, which tracks U.S. money punishment. A device linked to Moody killed Robert E. Robinson, a black civil rights attorney from Savannah, Georgia.

As his scheduled lethal injection neared, Moody sought to have it stayed, arguing against Alabama's ability to execute him because he was first sentenced on federal charges. Two other mail bombs were later intercepted and defused, including one at an NAACP office in Jacksonville, Florida.

Moody had sent a letter from death row to the younger Vance claiming he was the innocent victim of a government conspiracy.

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

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"He was a great judge, a great lawyer before that, and a great father", he said. They also argued that the aggravating factors used to impose a death sentence were improper. Vance's son said his father opposed the death penalty personally, but also believed in following the law.

Moody's attorneys argued that they are fighting "his unlawful custody status and the State of Alabama's plan to execute him before he has satisfied his federal sentences". Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said Moody became obsessed with having the 1972 conviction he believed had ruined his career and his life overturned.

Vance told the outlet that he has made peace with his father's death but did not attend the execution. Moody's appeals finally came to a rightful end.

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