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Man, 83, set to be executed for judge's mail-bomb slaying

Man, 83, set to be executed for judge's mail-bomb slaying”

Moody never admitted to the deaths, but prosecutors believe his motive for Vance started when he was convicted of possessing a pipe bomb in 1972 and served three years in federal prison.

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.

Zeigler said Moody's long period on death row also meant taxpayers had to foot the bill for his room, board and medical expenses. After the 11th Circuit rejected Moody's appeal in August 1989, the court noted in a subsequent ruling, he began trying to develop "war gases" and prepared what he termed a "Declaration of War" against the appellate court. "Had my Dad been murdered, I would want to know who had done it", Moody wrote.

Moody was pronounced dead Thursday night inside a south Alabama prison, ending a generations-long legal drama that began in 1972, when he planned a bombing against an automobile dealer who had repossessed his auto.

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Moody was convicted of murder in Robinson's death in 1991 and sentenced to life in prison by a Georgia court.

Moody is the eighth inmate executed in the United States this year and the 1,473rd since the reintroduction of the death penalty, according the Death Penalty Information Center.

He was also convicted for the bombing death of Georgia NAACP attorney Robert Robinson.

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.

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Vance's son, Robert Vance Jr., now a circuit judge in Jefferson County and Democratic candidate for chief justice in Alabama, said it's important that people remember how his father lived, not just how he died.

Moody has always maintained that he is innocent, and he has even blamed a government conspiracy for the attacks, according to the Associated Press. The nation's high court had no comment on those last-minute appeals on Thursday.

"He was a great judge, a great lawyer before that, and a great father", he said.

"But he also made clear that as a judge, he has to follow what the law dictates and put aside his personal views, and he had to do that several times sitting as a judge", Mr Vance said of his father.

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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 commented on the execution, saying that justice had been served in the case. "Tonight, Mr. Moody's appeals finally came to a rightful end".



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