A New And Controversial Method Of Execution Is About To Be Used In Nevada

A view of the execution chamber in Ely State Prison in Nevada. NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

The Associated Press reports the pharmaceutical company who manufactures the drug midazolam has filed a lawsuit saying their drug is “not approved for use in such an application” and argues that the drugs were illegally obtained. The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada has unleashed some ligation, asking the Nevada Department of Corrections to provide “vital public records” about the upcoming execution.

“It’s dangerous for our state to undertake its first execution in 12 years under these conditions... We are very concerned about the legality of the protocol and the possibility of a botched execution,” ACLU of Nevada Legal Director Amy Rose said in a statement.

Dozier, a 47-year-old meth-dealer, was sentenced to death for the murder of drug associate Jeremiah Miller. After shooting Miller at a Las Vegas motel in 2002, he chopped up the 22-year-old’s body into multiple pieces and stuffed them into a suitcase, which was later discovered in a trash can behind an apartment complex. They were only able to identify the body from tattoos as the head was never found. Police later found another victim of Dozier who was dismembered and buried in the Arizona desert.

Although this particular three-drug method has never been tried before, the condemned man appears remarkably indifferent to his fate. He has waived numerous legal appeals and has expressed a will to be executed as soon as possible.

“I’ve been very clear about my desire to be executed... even if suffering is inevitable,” Dozier said in a handwritten note given to a state court judge who postponed his execution last November.

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