Governor Heineman says his support of the death penalty hasn’t waiver, even as the state struggles to obtain a drug needed to carry out lethal injections.
The state delayed the scheduled execution of convicted murderer Carey Dean Moore last month after questions arose about whether the state had legally obtained the sedative used in the lethal three-drug mix. Heineman says he’ll leave Nebraska’s effort to move forward on executions in the hands of the Corrections Department and the Attorney General.
“But at the end of the day we need to find a way to carry out the death sentences that are appropriate for these first degree murderers,” Heineman tells reporters during a conference call.
The Drug Enforcement Administration is investigating how states have obtained sodium thiopental, better known by its brand name Sodium Pentothal. The drug is no longer made in the United States and has become scarce worldwide.
Heineman leaves the legal fight hasn’t affected his support of the death penalty.
“I find it frustrating and it makes me more than a bit angry that we’re worried about the cruel and unusual punishment regarding these criminals who were involved in first-degree murders,” Heineman says. “I haven’t heard them express any remorse for the victims or their families. It’s not going to bring back their son or daughter; their mom or dad. So, no, I’m more determined than ever.”