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Nevada to use different drugs in upcoming execution

Updated Tuesday, July 3, 2018 | 3:40 p.m.

Scott Raymond Dozier

Scott Raymond Dozier

A Nevada death row inmate sentenced to be executed on July 11 will be put to death with two drugs never before used in a Nevada execution as part of a three-drug cocktail, the Nevada Department of Corrections announced today.

Fentanyl, a powerful opiate painkiller, and cisatracurium, a paralytic, will follow the more oft-used execution sedative midazolam to depress the breathing of Scott Dozier and prevent him from feeling any pain, officials said.

A Clark County jury convicted Dozier and sentenced him to death in 2007 for killing 22-year-old Jeremiah Miller at the La Concha Motel. He drained Miller’s body of blood in a bathtub and took $12,000 that Miller had brought from Arizona to buy substances for making methamphetamine, authorities said.

Dozier was also convicted of second-degree murder two years earlier in Phoenix for shooting and killing 26-year-old Jasen Greene, stuffing Greene’s body in a plastic container and leaving it in the Arizona desert.

Advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, petitioned this morning for the state to identify the drugs that will be used.

A dozen people have been executed in the United States this year by lethal injection in Alabama, Florida, Texas and Georgia.