Aubrey Trail 12th inmate on Nebraska death row, official date unknown
Though Trail has been sentenced to death, there is no guarantee he will be executed due to a lack of lethal injection drugs in Nebraska.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Aubrey Trail has become the 12th inmate on Nebraska’s death row for the murder and dismemberment of Sydney Loofe.
Though Trail has been sentenced to death, there is no guarantee he will be executed.
This is due to Nebraska not currently having the drugs for lethal injection.
“it is an ongoing problem in a variety of jurisdictions about being able to get the specific drugs intended for lethal injection, because various drug companies don’t want to sell them for that purpose,” said Robert Schopp, a UNL law professor.
Nebraska, along with a number of other states do not have lethal injection drugs, and could never get them, because drug companies do not want their names involved with the killings.
Because of this, the 12 inmates on Nebraska’s death row are more likely to die of natural causes before they receive capital punishment, though some states are choosing different forms of execution.
“Some have altered to a different form of execution, such as the electric chair, or a firing squad,” said Schopp.
Shopp said he isn’t sure that Nebraska will ever move to a firing squad or go back to the electric chair, which the state used for years.
Regardless, it usually takes years to reach execution on death row because of the appeal process.
In Nebraska, every death row sentence is immediately appealed at least once.
“they first of all, they do multiple appeals, trying to get the death penalty overturned, but also recognizing that the time spent on multiple appeals postpones the actual execution. And that’s so approach the purpose of the defense and avoiding an execution,” said Schopp.
It is yet to be known whether Trail will ever face lethal injection, firing squad, or an electric chair.
The last inmate to be executed in Nebraska was Carey Dean Moore in 2018.
He was the first to be killed by lethal injection, and may be the last if Nebraska can’t get access to the drugs.