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State of Nebraska carries out execution of Carey Dean Moore


The State of Nebraska carries out the execution of 60-year-old Carey Dean Moore Tuesday morning. 

Moore was sentenced to death in 1980 for killing two cab drivers five days apart in 1979. The victims were Reuel Van Ness, Jr. and Maynard Helgeland.

Carey Dean Moore’s brother Donald was also convicted of killing one of the cab drivers. However, Donald Moore was convicted of second-degree murder. He was released on parole in April 1998.

Over the years, the state set an execution date in the electric chair seven different times for Moore. The courts stepped in and stopped it every time.

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services said Today at 11:05 a.m., Director Scott R. Frakes made the following statement:

“The execution of Carey Dean Moore (60) #32947, scheduled for 10 a.m. today, was carried out pursuant to the order issued by the Nebraska Supreme Court on July 5, 2018. The first of four substances was administered at 10:24 a.m. The Lancaster County coroner pronounced Moore’s time of death at 10:47 a.m.

“As the director of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS), I am required to carry out the order of the court. This agency has done so with professionalism, respect for the process and with dignity for all involved. I recognize that today’s execution impacts many people on many levels, most certainly the families of Mr. Van Ness and Mr. Helgeland.

“In accordance with Neb. Rev. Stat. 83-970, Moore designated three people and one member of the clergy as witnesses to the execution. The six witness slots designated by the director were filled by four members of the Nebraska news media and two NDCS staff members."

“Moore’s body will be remanded to the custody of the Nebraska State Patrol. An autopsy will be conducted.” 

Media witnesses who were in a separate room during the execution described what occurred. They documented minute by minute what happened. 

Around 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, Moore was brought to admissions and a member of the correction staff read him the death warrant and asked if he’d like to make a final statement.

"The letter to my brother Donnie and all my innocent brothers on death row, " said Carey Dean Moore.

In that letter to his brother Moore wrote in part:

"In late August it will be 39 years since I had convinced my 14 year old brother to go with me (only) to rob a man who drove a Omaha cab…as his older brother I should have lead him in the right way to go instead of bringing him down, way down, and because of that I am terribly sorry. Please forgive me, Don, somehow."

The four media witnesses described Moore as "straight faced" and "composed" prior to the execution.

They said Moore mouthed "I love you" to his witness. 

Grant Schulte, a media witness from the AP, said Moore went still at 10:31 a.m., seven minutes after the first drug was administered.

Schulte said his face gradually turned slightly red, then purple.

Moore’s time of death was 10:47 a.m. 

KTIV’s Michelle Schoening is in Lincoln and will have complete coverage on News 4.  

Officials said they will execute 60-year-old Carey Dean Moore by lethal injection at the Nebraska State Penitentiary at 10 a.m. Tuesday. 

They said they will do a final check for any legal stays or action if there are none, they will go ahead with the first execution in Nebraska since 1997. 

Moore was brought to the facility in Lincoln Friday night and has been housed in the skilled nursing facility. 

Officials said the death statement and Moore’s last statement were around 9:15 a.m. 

After the first drug is administered they will do a consciousness check including flicking of the eyelids and shining a penlight looking for a reaction before proceeding to the second substance. 

Officials said they will be using four separate drugs including the deadly opioid Fentanyl. The four drugs being used according to officials are: Diazepam, Fentanyl Citrate, Cisatracurium Besylate, and Potassium Chloride.

No one from the victims family will be witnessing the execution but there are four media witnesses that will talk to the rest of the media once the execution is complete.

After the execution is complete, officials are set to comment. 

Nebraska is set to carry out its first execution since 1997 Tuesday morning.

Sixty-year-old Carey Dean Moore has been on death row for 38 years. 

Moore has recently told friends and family he’s ready to die and hasn’t made any recent appeals to his sentence.

Saying the time has come, after seven prior dates with death imposed but not carried out by the state. 

Nebraska has carried out 37 state-sanctioned executions, but Moore’s will be the first by lethal injection. 

The last execution was in 1997 using the electric chair.

Moore’s execution is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln. 

KTIV’s Michelle Schoening and Brett Funke are covering the execution in Lincoln today. Follow Michelle on Twitter. 


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