June 5, 1991 |
A thousand miles from the Deep South region where a string of pipe bombings spread terror and death in 1989, a Georgia man went on trial Tuesday, accused of making and mailing the devices that killed a federal judge and a civil rights attorney. In his opening statement in federal court, U.S. Atty. Howard Shapiro contended that Walter Leroy Moody Jr., 57, of Rex, Ga., committed the murders primarily in retaliation against the U.S.
February 16, 1991 |
The same typewriter that prepared labels on packages containing mail bombs that killed a federal judge and a civil rights lawyer was used to write death threats against at least 16 other federal judges, prosecutors said in Atlanta. Mail bombs killed U.S. 11th Circuit Judge Robert S. Vance in Mountain Brook, Ala., and lawyer Robert Robinson, a Savannah, Ga., alderman, in December, 1989. Walter Leroy Moody Jr., 56, of Rex, Ga.
January 31, 1991 |
Walter Leroy Moody Jr. will be arraigned today in Atlanta on two more charges linked to the deaths of an Alabama federal judge and a Savannah, Ga., lawyer who were killed by package bombs they received through the mail. The new indictment charges Moody with transporting firearms in interstate commerce and obstruction of justice. Each count carries a five-year prison term and a $250,000 fine. The new charges returned by a federal grand jury bring to 72 the number of counts against him.
January 5, 1991 |
A man accused of mail bombings that killed a federal judge and a city councilman in two states pleaded innocent Friday. Walter Leroy Moody Jr., 56, was arraigned a second time before a federal magistrate in Atlanta on charges of sending the 1989 mail bombs that killed U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Robert Vance in Alabama and Savannah civil rights lawyer and alderman Robert Robinson. Moody was first arraigned on the charges Nov. 8, the day after his arrest.
November 9, 1990 |
A man charged in mail bombings that killed a federal judge and a lawyer refused Thursday to enter a plea, pending his attempt to bar any federal judge from hearing the case. In a hearing before a federal magistrate, lawyers for Walter Leroy Moody Jr. said the fact that a federal judge was one of the victims damages the impartiality of all federal judges. Moody's attorneys requested in a court motion that the Senate Judiciary Committee appoint an independent officer to hear the case. U.S.
November 8, 1990 |
A Georgia man "obsessed" with a legal dispute was indicted Wednesday for the 1989 mail-bomb murders of federal appellate Judge Robert S. Vance and Robert E. Robinson, a Savannah, Ga., NAACP attorney. A federal grand jury in Atlanta also charged Walter Leroy Moody Jr. in a 70-count indictment with sending other mail bombs to the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the NAACP office at Jacksonville, Fla.
July 14, 1990 |
A federal judge on Friday ordered a man who has been the focus of an investigation into fatal mail bombings held without bail until his trial on unrelated charges of witness tampering. Judge Wilbur D. Owens Jr. set a tentative trial date of Sept. 17 for Walter Leroy Moody Jr., 56. He ruled that Moody's wife, Susan McBride Moody, 28, could be released on a $250,000 property bond.
July 11, 1990 |
Federal officials Tuesday arrested the man identified as their prime suspect in last year's wave of Southern mail bombings on charges stemming from a 1972 case. Federal officials announced that Walter Leroy Moody of Rex, Ga., was indicted, along with his wife, Susan McBride Moody, on 13 counts, including obstruction of justice, bribery and tampering with witnesses in the 1972 case. That year, Moody was convicted for the unlawful possession of a pipe bomb.
February 11, 1990 |
Federal agents reportedly examined items that were confiscated from a suspect in a probe of mail bombings that killed a federal judge and a Savannah, Ga., attorney in December. The FBI began searching a house, a storage shed and three vehicles belonging to Walter Leroy Moody of Rex, Ga. Moody became a target in the inquiry after federal agents noted similarities between a bomb that injured his former wife in 1972 and the ones used in the fatal bombings.