In one of a kind capital punishment case in the U.S., an 83-year-old Alabama prisoner executed.
Walter Moody became the oldest prisoner to be executed in the United States since the death penalty was reinstated by the Supreme Court in 1976, according to figures compiled by the Death Penalty Information Centre.
Moody's attorneys had appealed to the Supreme Court after Alabama's high court denied his petition for a stay of execution, the United States media reported.
The previous record holder for oldest inmate to be put to death in modern times was set by John Nixon, a 77-year-old MS man who was convicted of murdering a woman in 1985.
83, is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday evening.
83, was pronounced dead at 9:42 p.m. ET following an injection at the Alabama prison at Atmore. A device linked to Moody killed Robert E. Robinson, a black civil rights attorney from Savannah, Georgia.
Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert Vance talks in his office in Birmingham, Ala., near a portrait of his father, slain U.S. Circuit Judge Robert S. Vance.. Two other mail bombs were later intercepted and defused, including one at an NAACP office in Jacksonville, Florida. Moody not only committed capital murder, he also sought to interrupt the flow of justice.
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. In a recent letter to Mr Vance Jr, he wrote, "Had my Dad been murdered, I would want to know who had done it". "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. However, his lawyer and he haven't appealed to halt the execution.
Judge Vance's son, Robert S. Vance Jr., said on Thursday that he has never forgiven Moody because "he has not acknowledged any remorse or any acknowledgment that he was guilty", according to the Associated Press, adding that Moody fit the profile of a psychopath. The younger Vance said he put the letter in the trash.
"In the nearly 30 years since the explosion at their Mountain Brook home killed Judge Vance and seriously injured his wife, Helen, his family never lost faith in America's system of justice and the rule of law", Town said.
The younger Vance said his father also upheld death sentences because he believed in following the law. The nation's high court had no comment on those last-minute appeals on Thursday.
The request says an emergency medical technician visited Moody in a cell on Wednesday to check his extremities.
Alabama state attorneys had argued that the federal government had agreed to the transfer.