Nevada condemned inmate complains of death penalty delay

November 21, 2017

Nevada death row inmate Scott Dozier appears in a Las Vegas court via video on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, days before his scheduled execution. From the state prison in Ely, where he is scheduled to be executed on Tuesday, Dozier, 46, told Clark County District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti one last time that he wants his death sentence carried out. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada death row inmate whose execution was postponed last week has been placed back on suicide watch and is complaining to a judge that he’s suffering what he calls an open-ended and unnecessary delay, according to a prison official and a court document.

Scott Raymond Dozier was returned to suicide watch at Ely State Prison on Nov. 14, the day he had been scheduled to die by lethal injection, prisons spokeswoman Brooke Keast said Tuesday.

Dozier, a twice-convicted murderer who turned 47 on Monday, wants to become the first person executed in Nevada since 2006.

He was initially monitored by guards for three days after his execution was at least temporarily called off on Nov. 9 over a judge’s concerns about the three-drug cocktail that prison officials want to use.

Dozier, who turned 47 on Monday, is not appealing his conviction or sentence and has consistently told Clark County District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti he wants his sentence carried out and he doesn’t really care if the process is painful.

But he also allowed federal public defenders David Anthony and Lori Teicher to question state officials about the proposed three-drug cocktail to be used. Teicher declined comment Tuesday.

Lawyers in the state attorney general’s office who have been handling the case were out of the office and unavailable.

None of the drugs — the sedative diazepam, the painkiller fentanyl or the paralytic cisatracurium — has been used in executions before.

“I’ve been very clear about my desire to be executed ... even if suffering is inevitable,” he said in a Nov. 13 handwritten note to the judge asking her to lift the stay of execution that she issued.

“It seems unjust to be forced to endure an open-ended delay, just waiting ... on tenterhooks to die/be executed,” Dozier wrote.

The matter now is destined for review by the Nevada Supreme Court, where documents have not yet been submitted and no hearing schedule has been set.

Togliatti has scheduled a Dec. 7 hearing in Las Vegas for a report on the status of the case.

Dozier was sentenced in 2007 to die for robbing, killing and dismembering 22-year-old Jeremiah Miller at a Las Vegas motel in 2002.

Dozier had been convicted in Arizona in 2005 of killing 26-year-old Jasen Greene, whose body was found in 2002 in a plastic container in the desert near Phoenix.

Dozier would become the first person put to death in Nevada since 2006, when Daryl Mack asked to be put to death for his conviction in a 1988 rape and murder in Reno.

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