In­mate seek­ing ex­e­cu­tion placed on sui­cide watch

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - NEVADA -

Twice-con­victed mur­derer Scott Dozier was put on sui­cide watch last week af­ter he told prison staff he would kill him­self if the state did not put him to death.

Dozier was placed on sui­cide watch Thurs­day and was re­moved on Mon­day, Ne­vada Cor­rec­tions De­part­ment spokes­woman Brooke Keast said.

Keast said any­time in­mates threaten sui­cide, they are placed on watch and un­dergo med­i­cal eval­u­a­tion.

Med­i­cal staff de­ter­mined Mon­day that Dozier could be re­moved from sui­cide watch, Keast said.

Dozier made the sui­ci­dal com­ment be­fore the Cor­rec­tions De­part­ment an­nounced the ex­e­cu­tion would be stayed. That an­nounce­ment came af­ter a judge re­fused to al­low the state to use a par­a­lytic drug called cisatracurium in the lethal in­jec­tion.

Dozier, whose death was or­dered in July, had been sched­uled to be ex­e­cuted Tues­day. He would have been the first in­mate ex­e­cuted in Ne­vada since 2006.

He was con­victed of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in Ari­zona in 2005. He was con­victed in Septem­ber 2007 of killing 22-year-old Jeremiah Miller.

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