(Neb)-State Takes Step Toward First Execution Since 1997
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services has taken a key step to initiate the state's first execution since 1997, notifying death-row inmate Jose Sandoval of the lethal injection drugs to be used in his execution.
The department is required to notify an inmate of the drugs to be used at least 60 days before the attorney general asks the Nebraska Supreme Court for an execution warrant, so it would be mid-January at the earliest before an execution could be held.
Sandoval was sentenced to death on 5 counts of 1st-degree murder for the deaths of five people in a September 2002 Norfolk bank robbery.
The department says it will use diazepam, fentanyl itrate, cisatracurium besylate and potassium chloride in its lethal injection cocktail and that it has access to all of the drugs...something that hasn't been true for several years.
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