Supreme Courtroom delays Alabama execution of 83-year-old package deal bomber

Alabama executes country's oldest inmate nearly 30 years after he killed judge, attorney with package bombs

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.

The court docket is predicted to rule later whether or not the execution plan can proceed.

It's not unusual for the court docket to briefly keep an execution because it considers an inmate's ultimate appeals. The death warrant expires at midnight (0500 GMT Friday) and state authorities were still preparing to conduct a lethal injection if the court lifts the hold and denies appeals.

The US Supreme Court has temporarily delayed the planned execution of an 83-year-old convicted murderer in Alabama.

In the published, unanimous decision, the panel said that Moody, who was convicted in relation to the mail bomb killing of U.S. Circuit Judge Robert S. Vance, may not serve his federal life sentences before the execution, which is scheduled for Thursday.

US 11th Circuit of Appeals Judge Robert Vance Sr. had been in his residence in Mountain Brook, Ala., in 1989 when he started a package that contains a bomb.

Walter Leroy Moody is scheduled to die for his crimes in Montgomery, Alabama on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

US 11 Circuit of Appeals Judge Robert Vance Sr. had been in his residence in Mountain Brook, Ala., nine days before Christmas, after he started a bundle that Moody had mailed to him, authorities have explained. The blast from the package instantly killed Vance and severely injured his wife, Helen, they said.

In his 1996 trial, the prosecutors explained Moody like a meticulous coward who committed murder by email because of his obsession with becoming revenge in the defense mechanisms, also subsequently committed greater bombings to create it look like the Ku Klux Klan was driving the judge's murder.

The 83-year-old Moody will be put to death by lethal injection at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday night.

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