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Catholics, protesters hope to halt Tuesday's execution

Posted at 10:21 PM, Aug 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-13 23:21:30-04

The state of Nebraska is hours from executing a convicted killer.

Carey Dean Moore is scheduled to be executed Tuesday morning at the state prison in Lincoln.

On Monday, death penalty opponents made last-minute efforts to try to convince Governor Pete Ricketts to not carry out the death penalty. Opponents say if the state, in particular, Gov. Ricketts, wants to be a pro-life state, then the state needs to stick by that and end the death penalty. 

A group from the Sisters of Mercy in Omaha traveled to Lincoln Monday afternoon to give the governor the letter to ask him to reconsider Moore's execution.

"Governor Ricketts could be the most courageous man in the world if he would just stand up and take his legal responsibility, his constitutional responsibilities to protect the lives of citizens in this state, regardless of what they've done or haven't done," said Sister Peg Maloney.

A group of protestors echoed that message at a protest near 33rd and O Streets in Lincoln. Nebraskans Against the Death Penalty and a dozen others held signs during rush hour. Their biggest concerns are the victim's families and the use of the cocktail drugs.