According to Punch,If the state carries out the execution, Moody, 83, will be the oldest inmate killed in the modern history of the US, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, a group that tracks capital punishment.
Moody was convicted in 1991 of 71 charges related to the 1989 pipe-bomb deaths of federal appeals judge Robert Vance and civil rights lawyer Robert Robinson. He has maintained his innocence.
The Supreme Court of the United States declined to review his case in January. An appeals court further denied relief for Moody on Wednesday. He is expected to appeal to the supreme court again on Thursday (today).
According to local media reports, prosecutors originally thought the killings of Vance and Robinson, who were African Americans, were racially motivated.
They later alleged that Moody was angry at the court system over a 1972 conviction for another bombing incident that injured his then-wife.
He allegedly hoped the suspicion of racist motivations in the bombings would confuse investigators.
Bob Vance, son of the assassinated judge who is also a judge himself, was quoted in local media as saying there “wasn’t any real good reason” for Moody’s targeting of his father.
Vance’s family does not plan to attend Moody’s execution.
Bob told local media he got “closure” when Moody was convicted in 1991, realising he “would never be in the position to hurt anyone else.
“The execution coming up doesn’t add anything to that,” Bob Vance said.