A man convicted of murdering a federal judge during a string of mail bombings that terrorized the South was sentenced Monday to die in Alabama’s electric chair.
Walter Leroy Moody, 61, already is serving seven life sentences without parole on his federal convictions in the bombings. The death sentence was handed down in state court after the slaying of U.S. Circuit Judge Robert Vance, who was blown apart when he opened a package in his kitchen in 1989.
Prosecutors contended that in addition to killing Vance, who is white, and black civil rights lawyer Robert Robinson of Savannah, Ga., Moody threatened to kill 17 judges in letters declaring war on the judicial system.