LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska’s longest-serving inmate on death row says he should be pardoned because he thinks state officials are either too lazy or incompetent to execute him.
The Nebraska Board of Pardons will decide Tuesday whether to grant Carey Dean Moore, 60, a hearing to consider his clemency request.
“Apparently they do not want to execute me, even though I haven’t filed any appeals in over 10 years,” Moore wrote in his pardon application.
Moore was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1979 shooting deaths of two Omaha cab drivers.
Courts stayed Moore’s execution dates set in 2007 and 2011. Nebraska hasn’t executed an inmate in more than 20 years.
The Pardons Board only commuted two death sentences over the past six decades. The board requires consent from two of its three members, who are Gov. Pete Ricketts, Attorney General Doug Peterson and Secretary of State John Gale.
Both Ricketts and Peterson have supported the death penalty in the past.
Peterson requested an execution warrant from the Nebraska Supreme Court last week to carry out Moore’s execution. The warrant gives state officials a 60-day window to set a date and complete the execution.
It’s unclear when or if the state’s high court would issue the warrant.
State officials also notified Moore in January of the drugs they intend to use for lethal injection.