OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska’s top prosecutor asked the state Supreme Court on Friday to set an execution date this summer for the state’s longest-serving death-row inmate.
In a motion filed directly to the high court, Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson asked for an execution date of July 10 “or alternatively for a date in mid-July” for Carey Dean Moore. Moore was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1979 shooting deaths of two Omaha cab drivers.
The move comes a day after Moore filed a motion to fire his attorneys in an effort to allow his execution to move forward. Moore, who has not filed an appeal in more than 10 years, has made clear he does not want to impede his execution. Courts stayed his execution dates set in 2007 and 2011.
Nebraska hasn’t executed an inmate since 1997, when the state’s method of execution was the electric chair. The state has since adopted a lethal injection protocol that has been fraught with controversy, legal challenges and difficulty in obtaining some of the drugs used to carry out lethal injection.
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In his motion Friday, Peterson said one of the four drugs set to be used in Moore’s execution — potassium chloride, which is used to stop the heart — will expire by the end of August.
Prison officials “will be ready and able to carry out the requested execution within 30 days after this court issues an execution warrant,” Peterson wrote in the motion.
Several lawsuits have been filed by civil liberties groups over Nebraska’s lethal injection protocol and state officials’ refusal to release records that would identify its supplier of lethal injection drugs.
In an affidavit supporting Peterson’s request for an expedited execution warrant, Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Director Scott Frakes said all of the state’s current lethal injection drugs were obtained “from a licensed pharmacy in the United States.” He did not give a name or location of that pharmacy.