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Alabama executes Walter Moody, the oldest inmate put to death in the modern era

Alabama executes Walter Moody, the oldest inmate put to death in the modern era

Three decades after a bombing campaign claimed the life of a federal judge, set off panic and prompted a sprawling federal investigation, authorities in Alabama executed the now-83-year-old man convicted in the explosions.

The lethal injection of Walter Leroy Moody Jr. on Thursday night made him the oldest inmate put to death in the modern era. And in a sign of how death row populations are aging amid a nationwide decline in executions, Moody became the eighth inmate older than 65 put to death since the beginning of 2015.

The execution - which occurred at a correctional facility in Atmore, Alabama, about 118 miles outside Montgomery, the capital - came in the wake of a...

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