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Carey Dean Moore to receive drug combination never used before

Posted at 2:32 PM, Aug 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-13 19:23:46-04

Tuesday, Carey Dean Moore is set to be executed, becoming the first person in Nebraska's history to be killed by lethal injection.


Moore will be put to death for the 1979 slaying of two Omaha cab drivers. He recently told family and friends he wants to be executed.


The state has carried out 37 executions, the last execution in the state's history was carried out by electric chair.


Moore will receive a four-drug combination that's never been previously used in an execution. The drug cocktail includes 2 milligrams of diazepam per kilogram of body weight, 25 micrograms of fentanyl per kilogram of body weight, 1.6 milligrams of cistracurium per kilogram of body weight and 240 milliequivalents of potassium chloride. Each of the drug administrations will be followed by a saline flush.


Nebraska's protocol document details procedures leading up to the execution, including how the execution team is trained. A team of execution volunteers trains once per month, with increased pieces of training once an execution date is set.


Moore will be taken from his death row cell at Tecumseh prison to the State Penitentiary in Lincoln.

Moore will be placed under a suicide watch leading up to the execution.


Part of the execution team - the IV team leader - will monitor Moore to select which veins in which to insert the IV needles for lethal injection. This will be done at least 48 hours before the execution.

Moore will receive extra time for visitation with family and friends. He will also receive a final meal from the prison cafeteria's menu.


Leading up to the execution moments, Moore will be escorted to the execution chamber. The IV team leader will set up primary and back up Iv's in Moore. There will a heart monitor.


The lethal injection will then begin with a sequence of the four drugs. Once diazepam is administered, the IV team leader will check Moore for consciousness. If he is unconscious, the three remaining drugs will then be administered. A coroner will then determine if he is dead.


Lethal injections usually take 10 minutes or less.