U.S. convict's execution blocked by drug company

Friday, 13 Jul, 2018

"It's extremely experimental", as Amy Rose of the American Civil Liberties Union puts it. State officials did not immediately file an appeal after Gonzalez's decision.

Dozier, a twice-convicted killer who attempted suicide in the past, repeated his desire to die during a brief telephone interview Sunday with the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Clark County District Court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price said the company would also need to file with Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez a request for a court order to halt the proceeding.

But drug company Alvogen says its sedative midazolam was illegally obtained by prison authorities and should not be used in an execution.

Convicted murderer Scott Dozier has clearly and repeatedly stated that he wants to be executed. Santina said she could not comment on that accusation. State officials could appeal right away to the Nevada Supreme Court. Every state that has included midazolam in its lethal injection protocol has seen gruesome botched executions as a result.

The midazolam would be used to sedate Dozier before he is killed using fentanyl, a drug at the forefront of the USA opioid epidemic that was also allegedly obtained illicitly. She said the governor had planned to be in Carson City at the time of the execution Gonzalez set a status hearing for September 10.

A USA court indefinitely suspended the execution of a murder convict after a pharmaceutical company issued an appeal against its product being used as part of the lethal injection. It stated that it wanted nothing to do with executions, and accused the state of Arkansas a year ago of obtaining some of the drugs used in lethal injections under false pretenses. He said Alvogen didn't have a contract in place with Cardinal Health that would have blocked the drug's sale for executions.

Sandoz, another pharmaceutical company, also intervened in the suit brought by Alvogen, formally objecting to its medicines being used in this specific execution.

Pharmaceutical companies have ethically opposed states using their drugs for capital punishment for years, but this is only the second lawsuit to be filed, the AP reported. But the state refused. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid well known for its role in the opioid epidemic, has "never been used in an execution before".

"The Nevada Attorney General's office would prosecute, criminally, any doctor or other private citizen that engaged in this very conduct of trying to acquire drugs that you know and you have been warned you are not to acquire for this objective".

Alvogen said the state illegitimately obtained the drug through a third-party distributor.

The state argued that the argument was a last-ditch effort by Alvogen at damage control after it "got pressure from death penalty advocates".

Nevada's new execution protocol also calls for the use of fentanyl to slow the inmate's breathing and cisatracurium to stop his breathing.

Bice said Alvogen does not take a position on the death penalty itself but opposes the use of the drug in a way that is fundamentally contrary to its goal - saving and improving lives. In response, states including Ohio, Florida and Oklahoma have adopted or suggested new and untested drug combinations.

But Dozier, who has been on death row at Ely State Prison since 2007, has said he wishes to die.

"Life in prison isn't a life", the 47-year-old inmate told the Review-Journal.

In court hearings and letters, he said there is a limit to how much artwork and exercise a person can do in prison.

Miller's torso was found on April 25, 2002, in a suitcase that had been dumped in a trash bin at the Copper Sands apartment complex in the 8100 block of West Flamingo Road.

In 2005, Dozier was sentenced to 22 years in prison for shooting 26-year-old Jasen Greene, whose body was found in 2002 in a shallow grave outside Phoenix. A witness there testified that Dozier used a sledgehammer to break Greene's limbs so the corpse would fit in a plastic tote that Dozier used to transport methamphetamine, equipment and chemicals.

Although Dozier dropped attempts to save his own life, he allowed federal public defenders to challenge the execution protocol.

Dozier, a former stripper and ice dealer, has said he doesn't care if the deadly combination of three drugs hurts, he just wants to die.