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Mail-Bomb Suspect Agrees to Cooperate With Prosecution

November 21, 1990

ATLANTA (AP) _ The estranged wife of a man accused of sending mail bombs that killed a lawyer and a judge has pleaded guilty in an unrelated case and is cooperating with prosecutors trying to convict her husband, a newspaper says.

Federal agents are questioning Susan Moody, 28, about the mail bomb case, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported today.

Her husband, Walter Leroy Moody Jr., is charged with sending the bombs that killed a federal judge in Alabama and a Savannah civil rights lawyer. The bombings last year terrorized the South, and especially black leaders.

Mrs. Moody pleaded guilty in a witness-tampering case on Nov. 10 in an unusual Saturday session before U.S. District Judge Anthony Alaimo, the newspaper quoted unidentified sources as saying. The judge sealed the records of the proceeding and barred participants from even acknowledging a hearing took place.

The newspaper filed court papers objecting to the closing of proceedings that are typically open. A hearing was scheduled for Friday.

Sandra Popson, Mrs. Moody’s Macon, declined comment, as did Howard Shapiro, a prosecutor in the case.

The Moodys were indicted in July on charges of threatening two women who had been paid to provide a fake alibi for Moody during his efforts to overturn a 1972 bomb-possession conviction. The women were considering changing their story.

Moody has been jailed without bail. Mrs. Moody, who has filed for divorce, is free.

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