Moore execution stayed

Carey Dean Moore

The Nebraska Supreme Court has stayed the execution of Carey Dean Moore.

The 53-year-old Moore had been scheduled to be executed June 14 for the 1979 slayings of two Omaha cabbies. The ordered issued Wednesday by the high court says Moore has a challenge pending in Douglas County District Court, so he can't be executed until that is resolved. In the appeal, Moore's attorney is challenging the state's purchase of one of the three drugs used in its lethal-injection protocol in district court.

It questions the legality of Nebraska's purchase from an Indian company and whether the state bought the right substance. The Nebraska Supreme Court last month rejected a similar appeal and ordered Moore to be executed.