Nebraska prisons chief: State can’t buy execution drugs again

OMAHA, Neb. – The postponement of the execution of an old death-row inmate would be likely to prevent the state once execution of the sentence, because officials can not buy more of the necessary lethal injection drugs Nebraska prisons director acknowledged Thursday.

Corrections Director Scott Frakes said in a sworn statement that the pharmacy that supplied the Nebraska current batch of drugs is not prepared to sell to the state. He said that he has contacted at least 40 potential suppliers in six states, and only the current supplier would provide them.

The statement came in response to pharmaceutical company Fresenius Kabi the lawsuit, contending that the state intends to make use of their medications wrong. The company is strongly opposed to the use of drugs for the death penalty, and claims state officials obtained their product illegally. Frakes said the state obtained the drugs legally.

A federal judge is expected to rule on Friday whether to temporarily prohibit the state of use of the drugs in his possession for the execution of Carey Dean Moore, who was condemned to die for the 1979 murders of two Omaha cab drivers. One of the four drugs in Nebraska’s lethal injection protocol will expire on Aug. 31, which the state does not execute the punishment.

An order to temporarily bar the state from the use of the drugs would more than likely, the effect of the change of Nebraska the last death penalty in the actual sense of the life in prison for Carey Dean Moore,” Frakes said in the statement.

But the families of Moore’s victims said that she is long past ready for his execution.

Moore fatally shot the father of Richelle Van Ness-Doran in 1979. She told the Omaha World-Herald that wait 38 years for the implementation is enough.

“It’s just a renewal,” she said. “It’s like a slap in our face.”

Lori Helgeland-Renken’s father was killed five days after. She said that the months prior to the planned operation have revived again, and the pain and fear she felt after the death of her father.

“It is exactly as it happened,” Helgeland-Renken said. “I have a lot of anxiety. I’ve decided that I can’t change the outcome of anything … so I just can’t be immersed.”

Moore version of the data is repeatedly postponed. He stopped to the state of the efforts to execute him who gives death penalty opponents have limited ability to stop his lethal injection.

Helgeland-Renken said that they would prefer Moore his sentence changed to life in prison without parole if the performance is delayed again. In that way, that he would be forgotten in place of to stay on the surface in legal battles over the death penalty, ” she said.

Helgeland-Renken, brother of Steve Helgeland, said attention is often focused on the legal fight Moore, but life broken by his crimes should be remembered.

The brothers and sisters did not plan to witness the execution, and not Of Ness-Doran.

“I’m not going to celebrate it. There is no point of celebrating,” Van Ness said Doran. “I just want to get the idea that he is not living there … and hope to God no one takes his place.”


Information: Omaha World-Herald,

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