Nebraska Performs Execution for the First Time in 11 Years
LINCOLN – August 15, 2018
Despite wide public outcry connected with the State's use of a painful lethal injection method, the state of Nebraska has executed an inmate using a controversial four drug chemical cocktail, local media reports.
Convicted murderer Carey Dean Moore was declared dead Tuesday after Nebraska carried out its first execution since 1997.
Moore, 60, also became the first condemned inmate put to death by lethal injection at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln. He served 38 years on death row for the 1979 killings of Omaha cabdrivers Reuel Van Ness and Maynard Helgeland.
Helgeland and Van Ness were shot five days apart as Moore coldly targeted cabdrivers because he knew they carried cash. Both men were 47 years old, fathers and military veterans.
Nebraska has now carried out 38 state-sanctioned executions in total. Moore was put to death using a previously untried four-drug combination of diazepam, fentanyl, cisatracurium and potassium chloride.