Alabama man, 83, executed for judge's 1989 mail-bomb death

Package bomber scheduled to be executed nearly 30 years after judge's murder

Alabama executes man, 83, oldest in modern US history

An 83-year-old man was executed by lethal injection in Alabama on Thursday, becoming the oldest person to receive capital punishment in modern USA history.

Moody was declared dead at 8:42 p.m., less than half an hour after the execution began, according to officials.

His complex case drew in people who would become household names of United States law enforcement: Louis Freeh, a future Federal Bureau of Investigation director; Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election; and Jeff Sessions, now the USA attorney-general.

Moody replaced John Nixon, who was 77 when put to death in December 2005 in MS, as the oldest person executed since the USs Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, which monitors U.S. capital punishment.

Zeigler said Moody's long period on death row also meant taxpayers had to foot the bill for his room, board and medical expenses.

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. "Moody's sentence to be carried out in accordance with the laws of this state and in the interest of ensuring justice for the victim and his family". Prosecutors said Moody, who had attended law school, had a grudge against the legal system because the 11th Circuit refused to overturn a 1972 pipe-bomb possession conviction that prevented him from practicing law. Days later, Moody killed Atlanta civil right attorney Robert E. Robinson with a similar bomb.

Two other mail bombs were intercepted and defused before they exploded, including one at the office of Jacksonville, Florida, office of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He had been convicted of murder by using mail bombs, namely that of an Alabama judge and a Georgia lawyer.

"He believed the Democratic Party should be open and not be the party of George Wallace and the Dixiecrats", LaPierre said.

Moody has always maintained that he is innocent, and he has even blamed a government conspiracy for the attacks, according to the Associated Press.

'Had my Dad been murdered, I would want to know who had done it, ' he wrote, according to CBS. "Now you can't pull another bombin'". "He was also, by all accounts, an opponent of capital punishment", a lawyer for Moody wrote. 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.

Moody became the oldest USA inmate put to death since executions resumed in the USA in the 1970s, according to the non-profit Death Penalty Information Centre. "Justice has been served", Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said in a statement.

"He was a great judge, a great lawyer before that, and a great father", he said earlier as the execution loomed. Vance said he tossed the letter in the trash.

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