The state of Nebraska carried out its first execution in 21 years Tuesday.
It was also the state’s first lethal injection and the nation’s first death sentence carried out with the opioid fentanyl.
Carey Dean Moore, 61, was executed Tuesday morning.
Moore spent more than half his life on death row after being sentenced to death for the killing of two Omaha cab drivers in 1979.
The execution at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln started at 10:00 a.m.
Witnesses said it lasted about 15 minutes.
At one point, Moore reportedly turned his head and mouthed several words to his family, including “I love you.”
When the inmate was asked for his final statement.. it had already been said.
“He was asked if he had a final statement., and he said just the statement that I hand delivered to you already about my brother Donnie and the innocent men on death row. That’s all I have to say,” said a media witness, Grant Schulte of the Associated Press.
In his final letter, he mentions that his brother Donald was with Moore when he shot and killed one of the cab drivers.
Donald was only 14 years old at the time. He was sentenced to life in prison for being an accomplice, but was later paroled.
Moore is now asking for Donald to be removed from parole, saying, “I wish they would file a motion for my brother Donald to get him off parole, which he has been on since forever it seems like, than that would Be perfect for me.”
The entire letter can be read below:
On June 20, 2018 marked my 38th year on Nebraska’s Death Row and 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; almost 39 years ago.”
“The ACLU and my attorney at the Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy would like to file something on my behalf but most certainly I do not; but, if they would really like to than I wish they would file a motion for my brother Donald to get him off parole which he has been on since for-ever it seems like, than that would be perfect for me.”
“In conclusion, if there are truly those out there who are against Capital Punishment, there are some on Nebraska’s Death Row who claim to be innocent (I can think of four); perhaps it is a fact that they are innocent. Why must they remain there one day longer than all the years they have been there? I am guilty there are not! How might you feel if your loved one was innocent and on Death Row, or what if you were the innocent on the Row; how long must you be here before… Before you were executed or had to spend the rest of your innocent life in prison???
-Carey Deah Moore
ex-Death Row Inmate