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ACLU of Nevada opposes experimental execution drug combo planned for Dozier

Scott Dozier appears Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. (KSNV)

Death row inmate Scott Dozier has made it clear. He wants no more appeals that would delay his execution by lethal injection.

On Thursday, he told Judge Jennifer Togliatti that he wants to be executed, even if it’s painful.

“If they tell me, ‘Listen there’s a good chance it’s going to be a real miserable experience for you, for those few hours before you actually expire,’ I’m still gonna do it,” he said.

The ACLU is concerned that the three-drug cocktail that would be used could amount to cruel and unusual punishment. That’s because the Nevada Department of Corrections hasn’t executed an inmate in 11 years and says it will use a new mix of drugs — Diazepam, Fentanyl and Cisatracurium — to end Dozier’s life.

“This is an experimental three-drug cocktail. These drugs have never been used in any execution in this combination anywhere in the United States,” says Amy Rose, legal director for the ACLU of Nevada.

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In 2014, drug problems plagued Arizona’s execution of Joseph Wood. It took nearly two hours for him to die.

“It should have taken 10 minutes, and it should have been quick and painless,” says Rose.

Dozier’s execution is scheduled for Nov. 14.

Even though Dozier’s has consented to the procedure, and its apparent risks, the ACLU says he can’t absolve the state from abiding by Eighth Amendment, which outlaws cruel and unusual punishment.

“The state has a responsibility to always act in a constitutional manner,” declared Rose.

Dozier was sentenced to death after a first-degree murder conviction for the 2002 killing and dismemberment of Jeremiah Miller, 22. Miller’s dismembered torso was found in a suitcase that had been dumped in a trash bin at the 8100 block of West Flamingo Road in Las Vegas.

During its investigation, police uncovered another victim of Dozier who was dismembered and buried in the Arizona desert.

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