The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of Walter Leroy Moody, sentenced to death for the mail bomb killing of a federal judge in Alabama in 1989 during a wave of mailed bombs in the Southeast.
The court, without explanation, rejected Moody's petition for the justices to review an Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals decision upholding his capital murder conviction.
Moody, of Rex, Ga., was convicted in 1996 in the death of U.S. Circuit Judge Robert Vance, who was fatally injured when a package exploded in his home in Mountain Brook, a suburb of Birmingham.
Prosecutors contend Moody also sent a bomb that killed civil rights lawyer Robert Robinson of Savannah, Ga., and a third explosive device that was intercepted after being sent to the Jacksonville, Fla., office of the NAACP.
Moody, 69, is also serving seven life sentences without parole on federal convictions in the deaths of Vance and Robinson and threats and bombs sent to judges and others.