ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Two years before he allegedly mailed pipe bombs that killed a federal judge and a civil rights attorney in 1989, Walter Leroy Moody paid two Georgia women to lie in his behalf in court proceedings involving a previous bomb incident, a witness in his federal trial contended yesterday.
On the second day of Moody's trial, prosecutors portrayed the 57-year-old Georgia man as being so obsessed with clearing his record of a 1972 conviction for illegally possessing a pipe bomb that he hatched elaborate schemes and manufactured bogus witnesses. When his efforts failed, they contend, he declared war on the judicial system.
A series of letters sent to television stations during the 1989 bombing spree suggested that a racial hate group was behind the attacks. Prosecutors say Moody acted alone, however. In the trial so far, they have portrayed Moody as a complicated man who meticulously plotted and maneuvered for years in order to clear the conviction from his record -- all so that he could be admitted to the Georgia Bar and become an attorney.