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America's oldest death row inmate is executed: Prisoner, 83, who killed a judge with a mail bomb in 1989 is given the lethal injection after a last meal of two Philly cheese steaks and two Dr Peppers (3 Pics)

Moody turned down cheese steaks and fizy drinks before he was put to death


The oldest Death Row inmate ever executed in the US ate two Philly cheese steak sandwiches and two Dr Pepper fizzy drinks before being 'put to death without dignity'.
Walter Moody has finally been given the lethal injection at the aged 83 for his deadly mail bombing death of a federal judge back in 1989.
He had been convicted of the murder of Judge Robert Vance in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1996 - and spent 22 years on Death Row.
Moody was the oldest person ever to be put to death since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.
He was executed at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama, and gave no final statement, prison officials said.
Moody's lawyer Spencer Hahn claimed that was because he'd been given a drug "to knock him out" beforehand.
Mr Hahn also said Moody appeared to move after the 'consciousness check'.
The William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama
"I have attended two executions. In both, my client moved after the consciousness check. Ron Smith's was more horrific, but both were disturbing, and raise grave concerns about the DOC's (Department of Corrections) process," Mr Hahn told al.com .
"Further, I'd like to know what they gave him before to knock him out and prevent him from getting to give his last words. There was no dignity in that room.
"This dishonored the memory of Judge Vance and Mr. Robinson."
Moody was convicted of mailing a bomb in 1989 that killed U.S. Circuit Court Judge Robert Vance, 58, and another that killed Georgia civil rights attorney Robert Robinson.
Moody ordered two Philly cheese steak sandwiches 
Prosecutors have said Moody sent the bomb to the judge in anger over a 1972 bomb conviction that Moody felt derailed his career and sent another to the civil rights lawyer to confuse investigators.
Prosecutors have said Moody sent the bomb to the judge in anger over a 1972 bomb conviction that Moody felt derailed his career and sent another to the civil rights lawyer to confuse investigators.
Moody, who has spent more than 20 years on death row, has maintained his innocence and the execution was delayed as the U.S. Supreme Court considered last-minute appeals to spare his life, which the court rejected.
It was the eighth execution this year in the United States.
Moody replaced John Nixon, who was 77 when put to death in December 2005 in Mississippi, as the oldest person executed since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

Age and poor health were major factors in a botched execution in Alabama earlier this year when the state tried to put to death Doyle Hamm, 61, who had terminal cancer and severely compromised veins.
The execution was called off while Hamm was on a death chamber gurney and medical staff could not place a line for the lethal injection.
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.
Moody’s execution highlighted aging U.S. death row populations that have led states to put to death 10 inmates age 70 or older since 2006, including Moody. Prior to that, there had been none in the modern era of U.S. executions, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
More than 40 percent of U.S. death row inmates are 50 years of age or older, according to the center.

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