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August 17, 2019

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State: Death row inmate Dozier found dead in cell

Scott Raymond Dozier

Ken Ritter / AP

Nevada death row inmate Scott Raymond Dozier confers with Lori Teicher, a federal public defender involved in his case, during a Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, appearance in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas.

Twice convicted killer Scott Raymond Dozier, whose scheduled execution in Nevada was delayed last summer, was found dead in his cell today at the Ely State Prison, officials said.

Prison officials say he was found by officers hanging from a bed sheet attached to an air vent.

Dozier, 48, was pronounced dead at 4:35 p.m., officials said.

Twice his lethal injection was scheduled, only to be stalled by court fights over a never-before-tried three-drug combination that prison officials planned to use. He was scheduled to die by lethal injection in July, but it was delayed after drug manufacturer, midazolam, sued to stop the execution. It claimed Nevada obtained the drug fraudulently.

Dozier gave up appeals and insisted the state carry out his 2007 death sentence for separate killings of methamphetamine drug trade associates in 2002 in Phoenix and Las Vegas. It would have been the state’s first execution in 13 years.

“I am merely trying to get the state of Nevada to exercise and enforce a legally obtained sentence, and I’m continually punished for it,” Dozier told the Reno Gazette-Journal this summer.

Dozier was on suicide watch in the days immediately after the execution was postponed. Officials didn’t indicate if he was currently being monitored for suicide.

They said he was housed in alone in the cell.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.