Four journalists served a state witnesses to the Carey Dean Moore execution, three had never witnessed an execution previously.
Omaha World Herald reporter Joe Duggan calls the assignment a serious, grave experience he took on because the newspaper believes reporters must observe when the state exacts the ultimate punishment.
“And there needed to be an objective observer of that process to be able to report what happened,” Duggan tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Each of the reporters express a similar reason: representing the public when the state proposes to execute a condemned prisoner.
Chip Matthew of News Channel Nebraska says he welcomed the opportunity to be part of state history.
“I wanted to do this, because as a journalist, you want the big stories, you want to be a part of those,” Matthew tells Nebraska Radio Network.
All four journalists kept careful track of the timeline of the execution on Tuesday, from the time Moore was brought into room where the execution warrant was read, 9:03am, until the time the curtain inside the execution chamber lowered for the final time, 10:54am.
Moore was officially pronounced dead at 10:47am.
Associated Press reporter Grant Schulte says he hasn’t had time to fully process the experience.
“I’m sure that may happen over the next few days, but at the moment I was just focused on trying to do my job to the best of my ability,” Schulte tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Only this writer had observed an execution previously. I had witnessed 13 executions in Missouri between 1996 and 2005. The Moore execution became the 14th execution I had witnessed.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]