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Nevada death-row inmate found dead in cell after execution of the so-called off

Death-row inmate Scott Raymond Dozier, 48, of which the execution was twice postponed, was found dead in his cell from an apparent hanging, Nevada prison officials said Saturday.
(Nevada Department of Corrections via AP, File)

A Nevada inmate sentenced to death in 2007 for committing drug-related murders in Phoenix and Las Vegas, and who had several times tried to kill himself after two scheduled lethal injections were put on hold, was found dead, hanging from a bed sheet Saturday, officials said.

Scott Raymond Dozier, 48, is responding in the death-row cell he was lodged in by itself on the state of the maximum security prison in Ely, Nevada Department of Corrections said. He was pronounced dead at 4:35 pm after the medical staff tried to treat him, FOX5 Vegas reported.

Dozier, whose execution was postponed twice, had said previously that the fight over his fate was taking a toll on him and his family, and the state should “just get it done.”

In August. 17, 2017, file photo, Nevada death row inmate Scott Raymond Dozier, right, confers with Lori Teicher, a federal prosecutor involved in his case, during an appearance in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Ken Ritter, File)

“They should stop punishing me and my family for their inability to carry out the execution,” Dozier told the Associated Press in an interview last August, a month after a judge stopped his execution at almost the last hour.

Dozier the first scheduled execution by lethal injection was postponed in November 2017, more than relates to the untried drug regimen could leave him choking, conscious and not able to move.

“They should stop punishing me and my family for their inability to perform the execution.”

— Scott Raymond Dozier, death-row-inmate

Caught in a legal limbo, Dozier’s fate was put on hold as court battles ensued over a three-drug combination that has never been used in the U.S.: the sedative midazolam, the powerful opioid fentanyl and a muscle-paralyzing agent called cisatracurium. Pharmaceutical companies also objected to the drugs used in the execution of the death penalty.

“I’m very clear about my desire to be done … even if suffering is inevitable,” Dozier said in a handwritten note to a state court judge, who postponed his execution in November 2017.

Dozier had repeatedly made clear that he would rather die than spend the rest of his life in prison, and during the delay in the execution had tried to take his own life.

“I’m very clear about my desire to be done … even if suffering is inevitable.”

— Scott Raymond Dozier, death-row-inmate

A federal lawsuit proved last December that he had tried a number of methods to kill himself in the past few months, including a bid to obtain drops of a deadly drug on a piece of paper sent through the prison mail.

The lawyers for the death row inmate also revealed that he apparently cut his neck and wrist with a razor blade in October. Prison officials said they intercepted e-mail from Dozier’s sister in detail how to cut the jugular vein in his neck.

In this Dec. 5, 2017, file photo, Nevada death row inmate Scott Dozier appears for his court, via a video at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

While Dozier was placed in isolation to prevent self-harm, his lawyers argued in the suit that only made his condition worse because of unconstitutional treatment. They said he was denied prison yard for recreation time and the ability to read, to communicate with his family or effective consultation with the department of legal affairs.

Dozier was not on suicide watch Saturday, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Santina said. It was not immediately known if Dozier had last been seen by guards.

The department of the inspector general, and White Pine County sheriff’s office are investigating the death.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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