Nebraska man says he’ll support his twin until his execution

August 6, 2018

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska man said he’ll support his twin brother and be present for his execution.

David Moore told the Lincoln Journal Star that his brother, Carey Dean Moore, “would just like to die” after being on death row for 38 years.

“It will not be easy, no,” said David Moore, 60, of Lincoln. “But Dean wants me there, so I have little choice. Sometimes none of us have a choice in things.”

David Moore said there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for his brother. The twins switched places in 1984 so Carey Dean Moore could breathe fresh air again. A supervisor noticed the switch several hours later.

“Back then we were both animals,” David Moore said. “We weren’t fit to be allowed in society, I guess.”

Carey Dean Moore, whose execution is scheduled for next week, has had seven execution dates. He was sentenced to death for the 1979 murders of two Omaha taxicab drivers, Reuel Van Ness Jr. and Maynard Helgeland.

Corrections officials plan to execute Carey Dean Moore by lethal injection. The department’s supply of one of the drugs involved, potassium chloride, is set to expire at the end of the month.

Department officials have said all four drugs involved were purchased in the United States, but declined to say how the drugs were obtained or who provided them. They’re currently fighting lawsuits by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska and Nebraska media outlets that could force them to release documents identifying the supplier.

Carey Dean Moore said in an email that the American Civil Liberties Union and his attorney at the Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy want to fight the execution on his behalf.

“But most certainly I do not (want that),” Carey Dean Moore wrote.

David Moore said it would be a relief for the execution to happen for the victims’ families and for his brother.

“There’s got to be a time to say stop,” David Moore said. “I just hope they finally do it, stop messing around and pull the switch, give him a couple of shots or whatever. Do it instead of talking and talking about it.”


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com

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