Nebraska makes use of fentanyl for the first time in execution

This Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, photo shows death row inmate Carey Dean Moore.


Nebraska’s first execution since 1997, is executed on Tuesday, in this case, by using a kind of lethal injection never before administered in the state.

Carey Dean Moore, 60, was pronounced dead at 10:47 hours after it is injected with a drug combination of the powerful opioid fentanyl.

Moore was the first prisoner to lethal injection in Nebraska, which carried out its last execution in 1997, the use of the electric chair.

He was convicted in 1979 for the murder of two cabdrivers in Omaha.

In his last written statement, he admitted his guilt, but said that there are others on Nebraska’s death row who he believes are innocent and must be released.

Prosecutors said that at the age of 21 years, Moore fatally shot Reuel Van Ness during a robbery with his younger brother, use the money to buy drugs, and pornography.

Moore fatally shot Maynard Helgeland itself five days later, saying that he wanted to prove that he is a man of life itself. Moore was arrested a week later. He was indicted and convicted for first-degree murder, while his 14-year-old brother was sentenced for second degree murder.


The Nebraska drug protocol called for an initial IV dose of diazepam, also known as Valium, in order to ensure that the inmate unconscious, followed by the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl, cisatracurium besylate, to cause paralysis and the inhibition of respiration and potassium chloride to stop the heart. After each injection, prison officials sent saline solution through the IV to flush out any residue and to ensure that all drugs had entered the detainee the system.

Moore’s version is a little more than three years after Nebraska lawmakers abolished the death penalty, but restored the following year by means of a citizen ballot drive partly financed by the Gov. Pete Ricketts. The Republican governor, a wealthy former businessman, has said he was the fulfillment of the wishes of the voters in the conservative state.

Nebraska Office of the Attorney-General referred to the implementation of a “sad event” which put an end to “what is a long establishing justice.”

“Our sympathy is extended to the families of Reuel Van Ness and Maynard Helgeland for the loss of their loved ones for almost thirty nine years ago,” the statement read.


A German pharmaceutical company tried to stop the execution of the previous week, alleging that the state unlawfully obtained the medicines of the company and that proceeding with the execution would be harmful for the company reputation and business relationships.

U. S. District Judge Richard Kopf ruled that the blocking of the execution would ‘frustrate the will of the people.”

Fox News’ Bill Mears and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @PaulinaDedaj.

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