Carey Dean Moore goes to his death in the Nebraska execution chamber acknowledging his guilt but suggesting others on death row might be innocent.
Moore was covered to his neck by a white sheet with only his left arm extended, an IV attached to receive the lethal combination of drugs.
“First of four substances were administered at 10:24am,” State Corrections Director Scott Frakes told the news media after the execution. “The Lancaster County Coroner pronounced Moore’s time of death as 10:47am.”
Frakes praised the professionalism of his staff, carrying out lethal injection for the first time.
“I recognize that today’s execution impacts many people on many levels, most certainly the families of Mr. Van Ness and Mr. Helgeland,” Frakes stated.
As for Moore, he admits to luring Omaha cab drivers Reuel Van Ness, Junior and Maynard Helgeland into a death trap, shooting both in the head. Accounts during the trial indicate Moore planned the murders well in advance, killing the cab drivers to steal their money.
Moore killed Van Ness on August 22nd, 1979. He killed Helgeland four days later.
Moore was brought into an administrative office at 9:03am where Acting Deputy Warden Michele Capps read the execution warrant to him.
Capps then asked Moore if he had a last statement as the four news media witnesses recorded.
Moore declined to go into detail, only reiterating his desire to get his brother off parole and get representation for Death Row inmates claiming innocence.
“Just the statement that I hand-delivered to you already, about my brother Donnie and the innocent men on Nebraska’s death row,” Moore told Capps.
In the written statement given to Corrections officials earlier this month, Moore said the ACLU and the Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy wanted to file legal objections on his behalf, “but most certainly I do not…” Moore wrote, “…if they would really like to than (sic) I wish they would file a motion for my brother Donald to get him off Parole which he has been on since for-ever it seems like, than (sic) that would be perfect for me.”
“As his older brother whom he looked up to, I should had lead him in the right way to go instead of bringing him down, way down, and because of that I am terribly sorry. (Please forgive me, Don, somehow.),” Moore wrote.
Moore also suggested in the statement that any legal efforts should be expended on behalf of those claiming innocence on death row.
Members of the media serving as state witnesses to the execution were led into the viewing area at 10:19am. The curtains were drawn, concealing the execution chamber. The curtain went up at 10:24am.
Moore was seen to mouth “I love you” to his witnesses, who were hidden from view. He then turned his gaze to the ceiling and seemed to mouth a prayer as he looked up. He turned once more to his witnesses and mouthed something none of the media witnesses could make out.
Moore closed his eyes at 10:26am. His breath, which had been shallow, became heavy, then labored.
At 10:29am, Acting Warden Robert Madsen checked for consciousness, examining his eyelid and shining a penlight in his eye. Moore coughed, and his chest heaved at 10:30am. A minute later, he became still, losing color in his face.
Officials lowered the curtain at 10:39am as the Lancaster County Coroner entered the chamber and examined the body to determine death.
The curtain was raised at 10:53am and closed for the final time at 10:54am.
Moore was pronounced dead at 10:47am. He was 60.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]
AUDIO: Carey Dean Moore last statement [:24]