Nevada sets 1st execution in 12 years after a battle with drugs

LAS VEGAS – Nevada, plans to perform its first execution in 12 years with the help of a never-before-tried combination of drugs that drew a court challenge over concerns that a convicted killer could suffer during the lethal injection.

Scott Raymond Dozier is scheduled to die July 11, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Santina said Wednesday, a day after a judge in Las Vegas signed the sentence of death.

It comes after the state Supreme Court decided last month not to stop the execution on procedural grounds, despite the challenges faced by lawyers and rights group, who argued that the procedure would be less humane than the laying of a pet. There were also concerns that some of the state of the drugs would have expired.

“We have what we need to implement the order,” Santina told The Associated Press. “The same three drugs. We have a number of that are not expired.”

Dozier’s death warrant was signed Tuesday by Clark County District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti, who in November last year blocked the planned execution over concerns that a drug in the three-drug cocktail would immobilize the inmate and the mask signs of pain and suffering. The warrant does not have the address of her previous concerns.

The parties of the disputed muscle paralyzing called cisatracurium began to expire April 1, but Santina has said that the state, provides that until Nov. 30.

The tranquilizer diazepam, the powerful painkiller fentanyl and the paralytic cisatracurium have never been used for lethal injections in the state. Diazepam is commonly known as Valium. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is the fault of an overdose country during an opioid epidemic.

Nevada and other states have struggled in recent years to find drugs after pharmaceutical companies and distributors have banned their use for executions.

Dozier, 47, died in a row since 2007 for convictions in separate murders in Phoenix and Las Vegas. He said repeatedly that he wants to be put to death, as soon as possible, and not what drugs are used.

Dozier, who also used the name Chad Wyatt, would be the first person put to death in Nevada since 2006. His death marks the first lethal injection since a new execution chamber was completed in 2016 at Ely state prison, 250 miles (402 km) north of Las Vegas.

Employees of the Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval and Attorney General Adam Laxalt not immediately respond to messages Wednesday.

Jonathan Van Boskerck, a chief deputy Clark County district attorney involved in almost a year of lawsuits about Dozier’s fate, pointed to the death sentence by a jury and the state of the high court ruling last month.

“The decision of this jury deserves respect,” he said.

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