Walter Leroy Moody executed for 1989 murder of federal judge

Walter Leroy Moody executed for 1989 murder of federal judge
Walter Lee Moody (Source: Alabama Department of Corrections)

(ATMORE, AL) WSFA/AP - Walter Leroy Moody has been executed for the 1989 murder of a federal judge, the office of Gov. Kay Ivey confirms.

Earlier Thursday evening the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a stay of execution that temporarily halted Alabama's execution of Walter Leroy Moody, Jr. The order cleared the way for the execution to proceed.

Ivey released the following statement after the sentence was carried out:

I approach every execution by giving the condemned, and the issues raised by the underlying case, the careful consideration both deserve. My ultimate desire is to see justice rightly administered.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall also released a statement after the execution:

Nearly 30 years ago, 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Robert Vance was brutally slain when a pipe bomb sent to his Birmingham home exploded.  Walter Leroy Moody was convicted of Judge Vance's murder in both federal and state courts. Even though he was also convicted of a similar pipe bomb death of a Georgia attorney, Moody has spent the better part of three decades trying to avoid justice. Tonight, Mr. Moody's appeals finally came to a rightful end. Justice has been served.

The 83-year-old had appealed to the nation's highest court, citing vein issues as his execution loomed.

A package bomber who created a wave of terror across the South in the 1980s, Moody was executed by lethal injection at Holman Correctional Facility.

The execution was slated to happen nearly 30 years after Moody killed Robert S. Vance, a federal judge, with a bomb mailed to his home.

According to the Death Penalty Information Center, Moody was the oldest inmate put to death in the United States in modern times.

Moody was also convicted in federal court of killing a black civil rights attorney from Savannah, Georgia, and mailing a bomb to a civil rights organization.

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