Relative of Brumback family speaks out on death penalty reinstatement

Posted at 5:44 PM, Nov 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-09 18:46:04-05
Last night, Nebraska voters moved to bring back execution for those criminals who have committed some of the most heinous of crimes. The death penalty was restored in what some call a landslide election.
The results came with more than 60 percent of voters choosing repeal meaning the death penalty is reinstated. 
Carol Brumback, sister of Dr. Roger Brumback, says justice for her brother's murder will be served thanks to Tuesday's vote to reinstate the death penalty. 
"Until you've been through something like this and basically know how it can shatter family's lives - friends and  anybody that knew the victim," said Carol Brumback. "I just never want Garcia to walk the streets ever again and i don't want somebody to be out that did something similar to what he did."
Anthony Garcia was convicted in the killing of the Brumbacks along with two others on October 26th. Proponents of death row say that it's a tool to keep people from offending. 
"So we don't use it often, but it is an appropriate punishment and take a look at cases that are coming up right now - Dr. Garcia and Nikko Jenkins, you remember the terror that was caused when Nikko Jenkins was on the loose," said Rod Edwards, Nebraskans For the Death Penalty. 
But opponents of executions say that the system is broken. 
"They're still executing innocent people. There's there still problems with lethal injections. We still don't have the drugs required to execute someone," said Stephen Griffith, Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. "It still doesn't deter violent crime and it still costs an extraordinary amount of money."
Even with the death penalty back on the books, it could be years before another sentence is carried out. the state has been unable to secure drugs needed for the three drug execution protocol.
State Attorney General Doug Peterson says  his office will evaluate execution protocols and advise the Department of Corrections as well as the Governor's office. Attorney General Peterson added that he doesn't want to speculate on a timeline for when execution procedures will be reviewed or when executions could possibly resume in the state. 
The last execution was in 1997.