Alabama executes 83-year-old Walter Leroy Moody


Alabama executes 83-year-old Walter Leroy Moody

Oldest inmate put to death in modern era

Kate Randall

21 April 2018

Walter Leroy Moody, 83, was killed via lethal injection on Thursday evening by the state of Alabama. He was the oldest inmate put to death in the United States since the US Supreme Court cleared the way for the return of executions in a 1976 ruling. Moody was convicted in federal and state court in connection with 1989 pipe bombings that killed a district court judge and a civil rights attorney.

The lethal injection, originally scheduled for 6 p.m. local time, was delayed for about two hours after the US Supreme Court issued a temporary stay about 15 minutes before the execution hour. The high court gave no explanation for the delay or why it lifted it later.

Walter Leroy Moody, Source: Alabama Department of Corrections

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, a Republican, denied clemency for Moody early Thursday evening.

According to, the lethal injection began at 8:16 p.m. at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore and prison officials placed his time of death at 8:42 p.m. Moody kept his eyes closed and head still and did not make a last statement when asked.

Early Thursday afternoon the Alabama Supreme Court denied a stay of execution in Moody’s case. In a brief to the court, lawyers claimed Moody was evaluated by medical personnel in his prison cell the prior night, who seemed “concerned” about Moody’s veins and whether they would support the execution drugs.

Moody’s attorneys’ brief to the state Supreme Court cited the February 22 execution attempt of Alabama death row inmate Doyle Hamm. Hamm, 61, who has spent more than half his life on death row, was subjected to about two-and-a-half hours of torture in the Holman prison death…

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