The state of Alabama executed an 83-year-old man convicted of sending out fatal mail bombs - making him the oldest U.S. inmate to be put to death in modern times.
Moody is scheduled to receive a lethal injection for the 1989 mail-bomb slaying of U.S. Circuit Judge Robert S. Vance of Birmingham.
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. He was later convicted in state court in 1996 and sentenced to death.
Mr Vance's son, Robert Vance Jr, himself a judge in Alabama, said that he had not forgiven Moody because "he has not acknowledged any remorse or any acknowledgment that he was guilty".
Zeigler said Moody's long period on death row also meant taxpayers had to foot the bill for his room, board and medical expenses.
Authorities say Walter Leroy Moody Jr. was pronounced dead at 8:42 p.m. CDT Thursday after a lethal injection. An appeals court of law additionally rejected appeals with regard to Moody Wednesday.
Authorities said Moody sent the bomb to the judge out of anger over a 1972 bomb conviction that ended his law career and the others to confuse police into thinking the bombs were sent by a white supremacist. A device linked to Moody killed Robert E Robinson, a black civil rights lawyer from Savannah, Georgia.
He then sent the additional bombs to make it look like the Ku Klux Klan was behind the judge's murder.
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They said that the courts had found him competent to be executed based on the testimony of a doctor who had since been suspended from the practice of psychology and arrested on felony charges of forging prescriptions for substance abuse.
Moody maintained his innocence to the end. "Now you can't pull another bombin'". 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 US inmate put to death since executions resumed in the U.S.in the 1970s, according to the non-profit Death Penalty Information Center.
US Justice Department attorneys and the Alabama attorney general have argued that they have had an agreement since the 1990s to allow Moody to serve his sentence in Alabama.
In a plea for clemency to Governor Kay Ivey, one of Moody's lawyers noted that Vance was "by all accounts, an opponent of capital punishment".
"He was a great judge, a great lawyer before that, and a great father", he said. The younger Vance said he put the letter in the bin.
"Moody was tried, convicted by a jury of his peers twice, the final time with the recommendation of the death penalty", he said.