LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge is set to decide whether Nebraska can proceed with the state's first execution since 1997 and its first-ever lethal injection.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Kopf is expected to issue a ruling Friday in a lawsuit by a German pharmaceutical company that alleges state officials improperly obtained the company's drugs for the execution of Carey Dean Moore.
The company, Fresenius Kabi, is asking the judge to temporarily block state officials from carrying out the execution.
State officials say they legally procured the drugs. State prison officials also say one of the necessary execution drugs expires Aug. 31 and they can't buy any more.
Moore's execution is set for Tuesday morning. He was condemned for the 1979 murders of two Omaha cab drivers.