Execution date sought for state’s longest-serving death row inmate

Execution date sought for state’s longest-serving death row inmate
Carey Dean Moore

LINCOLN — Nebraska’s attorney general filed a motion Tuesday seeking a death warrant for the execution of Carey Dean Moore, the state’s longest-serving death row inmate.

Attorney General Doug Peterson filed the motion with the Nebraska Supreme Court, which has the authority to set an execution date for Moore. The motion states that Moore currently has no pending appeals or stays of execution in state or federal courts.

Moore shot and killed Omaha cab drivers Reuel Van Ness and Maynard Helgeland in the summer of 1979. Execution dates have been set six times in his case over the decades, but the Supreme Court stayed his execution.

Nebraska prison officials notified Moore in January that the Corrections Department had obtained supplies of four lethal injection drugs it intends to use to execute him. The combination of drugs has not been used in an execution in any other state before.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska last week filed a lawsuit challenging the execution protocol that would be used for Moore’s execution. State Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha filed a similar complaint in the Legislature.