Temporary stay of execution for 83-year-old Alabama inmate Walter Moody

He planted a bomb for killing US Circuit Court Judge Robert Vance and Georgia civil rights attorney Robert Robinson.

Moody is the oldest person put to death since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, according to figures compiled by the Death Penalty Information Center.

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. At his 1996 trial, prosecutors described Moody as a meticulous coward who committed murder by mail because of his obsession with getting revenge on the legal system, and then committed more package bombings to make it look like the Ku Klux Klan was behind the judge's murder.

U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town made a similar comment on justice being done for the murders.

He said he had to make peace with his father's death, but said he has no doubt that Moody is guilty. After his release, Moody attended law school and sought to have his conviction overturned so he could practice law. In recent weeks, he sent Vance's son Robert Vance Jr, a circuit judge in Jefferson County, a letter stating he was innocent and the victim of a government conspiracy. "The madman picks you out for some reason that only he and God knows and there's no rhyme or reason to it". "Octogenarian executions are going to remain extremely rare". It may happen again, but it will be rare.

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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. "We've seen a series of executions of individuals in their 70s in the last couple of years, and that will become increasingly common".

He was also convicted for the bombing death of Georgia NAACP attorney Robert Robinson. Alabama halted an execution last month after workers couldnot find a usable vein on a 61-year-old inmate. In 2007, that same population made up 5.8 percent of death row inmates. It ended up being the execution this season at the United States. It's unclear when he was convicted of killing Robinson.

In Texas, the country's leading death-penalty state, an inmate's age "does not play a role in the execution process", a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said.

Earlier, Moody's lawyer had unsuccessfully asked the Alabama Supreme Court to block the lethal injection arguing that an emergency medical technician who assessed Moody on Wednesday told the inmate he had "spider veins" and seemed concerned. Madison's attorneys have argued that he should be spared because after suffering from multiple strokes, the 67-year-old "has no memory of the capital offense for which he is to be executed".

  • Megan Austin