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State gives convicted killer Carey Dean Moore an opportunity to speak for the last time

Convicted killer Carey Dean Moore utters last words before state puts him to death

Carey Dean Moore spoke his last words Tuesday. The man, who was convicted of killing two Omaha cab drivers in 1979, was put to death at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln. He was pronounced dead precisely at 10:47am.

Witnesses say Moore mouthed the words "I love you" to members of his family right before his execution.

"I don't know if it went as smoothly as the executions I've witnessed in the past," said Brent Martin of Nebraska Radio Network, a media witness who observed the execution. "I think they were deliberate, I think the four drug protocol made it stretch out longer."

The lethal injection was a combination of drugs that according to officials had never been used before, including the opioid fentanyl.

"His chest stopped and he went still," said Grant Schulte from the Associated Press, who also got to see the state carry out the execution. "[Moore's] face very gradually initially turned slightly red and then turned purple."

Witnesses said a curtain came down several times after the drugs were injected, blocking their view of Moore during part of the execution.

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