People on both sides of the capital punishment debate were present outside the Nebraska State Penitentiary for the Tuesday morning execution of Carey Dean Moore.
Many anti-death penalty protesters who gathered outside the State Penitentiary Tuesday morning were protesting on religious grounds. One protester, Reverend Royal Carleton, says he was protesting because he believes a death for a death isn’t justice.
“we’re killing someone, who’s killed someone, to teach others that killing is wrong.” says Carleton. “I just don’t believe that’s a Nebraska value we should have.”
Matt Maly with Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty was present and believes the execution is an example of bad government. He says all the effort put into making the execution could have spent more effectively.
“It’s clear that that money would have been better spent, all those resources better spent on law enforcement to keep our community safe.”
On the pro-death penalty side of the argument was Vivian Tuttle, the mother of a woman who was killed in a 2002 Norfolk bank robbery. She calls capital punishment “justice”.
“We do need justice. We need it for the victims. We don’t ever feel like we get justice if we don’t get that done.”
The man who planned that Norfolk bank-robbery, Jose Sandoval, is also on Nebraska’s death row.
Moore was pronounced dead by lethal injection 10:47 Tuesday morning.