Convicted murderer executed in Nebraska

Convicted murderer executed in Nebraska

Authorities in Nebraska used a powerful opioid to carry out a death sentence on Tuesday morning.

They used the drug fentanyl in an unprecedented move that came as the state, which just three years prior, saw lawmakers abolish capital punishment, completed a reversal and resumed executions for the first time since 1997.

Tuesday’s execution was the state’s first death sentence carried out with fentanyl, which has helped drive the opioid epidemic, according to the Washington Post.

Carey Dean Moore was the man executed. Moore was a 60-year-old inmate who spent more than half of his life on death row. He was sentenced to death for killing two Omaha cabdrivers in 1979. Moore said before his execution that he would not try to stop it, nor did he want anyone else to stop it.

Moore’s case has been going through the court system for almost 40 years, ever since the August 1979 slayings of Reuel Van Ness and Maynard Helgeland, both taxi drivers and Korean War veterans. Relatives of the men have said they were ready for an outcome in the case.

The first drug was injected into Moore at 10:24 a.m. CST, and the coroner announced his time of death as 10:47 a.m. CST, according to corrections officials.