Nebraska Executes First Inmate Using Fentanyl

Nebraska Executes First Inmate Using Fentanyl

Nebraska Executes First Inmate Using Fentanyl

Moore was killed by lethal injection, using a combination of four drugs never used before in an execution.

"I am required to carry out the order of the court", Frakes said in a statement. One of the victims' family members was also present, but the statement did not specify which victim.

"He turned his head left and mouthed several words to it appears a number of witnesses including the words I love you, he said that at 10:25 a.m.", said Grant Shulte, another witness to the execution.

At the time, the Republican majority in the unicameral legislature said it was banning executions because of religious reservations, difficulty in obtaining lethal injection drugs, the risk of wrongful convictions and unfair implementation of capital punishment.

Moore's execution survived a last-minute legal challenge from a drug company and protests about the new lethal injection protocol.

The convicted killer was given the needle for the 1979 murders of cab drivers Reuel Van Ness and Maynard Helgeland, both 47, in Omaha.

Joe Duggan, one of media witnesses described Moore's demeanor as the warrant was read, "The gravity of what was happening to him was clear on his face and his expression I would say". Judge Richard Kopf said the company's claim that the drugs' use would cause it "irreparable injury" was "far too speculative".

Diazepam and cisatracurium also had never been used in executions before. Prince, the late musician, died after taking fentanyl in 2016.

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The use of fentanyl in executions has drawn some criticism, including from the American Civil Liberties Union, given the drug's role in the opioid epidemic. Nevada was slated to be the first to use a drug combination that included fentanyl, but a judge put it on hold last month.

Moore was pronounced dead at 10:47 am (1547 GMT) in an execution that lasted approximately 20 minutes, according to Scott Frakes, Director of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.

Nebraska has carried out the first execution in the USA using fentanyl, the opioid painkiller that killed Prince and has a central role in America's overdose epidemic.

Nebraskans for the Death Penalty raised a total of $1.3 million.

Two weeks ago, Pope Francis changed the Catholic Church's teaching, declaring the death penalty "inadmissible" in all cases. Mike Groene, an outspoken supporter of capital punishment. He said he views capital punishment as a matter of protecting public safety and an important tool for law enforcement.

In a court filing, the state's lawyers point out that Fresenius Kabi's lawsuit is the only reason it is publicly linked to the drugs.

After Nebraska legislators overrode Ricketts' veto to outlaw the death penalty in 2015, he responded by personally investing money in a referendum to restore the death penalty, which passed the following year.

"Rather than joining those states that have turned against this cruel and irrevocable punishment, Nebraska chooses to take a backward step that provides no constructive solutions to the challenges posed by violent crime", said Kristina Roth, Amnesty's senior program officer for criminal justice. "Also, protecting society", he said in a 2015 interview.

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