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

Aging death row Is executing old or infirm inmates cruel

Moody was set to die for the 1989 mail-bomb death of U.S. Circuit Court Judge Robert S. Vance of Birmingham.

Moody, 83, would be 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.

Shortly before, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of execution for Moody.

Moody was convicted of mailing a bomb in 1989 that killed US Circuit Court Judge Robert Vance, 58, and another that killed Georgia civil rights attorney Robert Robinson.

A local media later alleged that Moody was not happy at a court system over a 1972 conviction for another bombing incident that injured his then-wife.

Moody first received seven life sentences in a US district court in 1991 for the deadly bombings. Two other mail bombs were later intercepted and defused, including one at an NAACP office in Jacksonville, Fla. His attorneys have not raised his age in legal filings, but have argued in a clemency petition to Alabama's governor his age and health would complicate the lethal-injection procedure.

Lawyers for Hamm called on the state not to try to execute him again and reached a settlement with Alabama in March that legal sources said would keep him out of the death chamber.

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Moody did not give a final statement. The nation's high court had no comment on those last-minute appeals Thursday.

You've been 7 executions this year at the United States.

Friends said the senior Vance quietly fought for the rights of underprivileged as both a jurist and a politician.

The younger Vance said his father also upheld death sentences because he believed in following the law. Moody's appeals finally came to a rightful end.

This undated family photo made available by Joyce Vance, shows U.S. Circuit Judge Robert S. Vance, who was killed by a mail bomb sent to his home in Mountain Brook, Ala., in 1989.

Moody's execution highlighted ageing USA death row populations that have led states to put to death 10 inmates age 70 or older since 2006, including Moody.

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