Judge blocks ex­e­cu­tion af­ter com­pany ob­jects to use of its drug

Santa Fe New Mexican - - NATION & WORLD -

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — A Ne­vada judge ef­fec­tively blocked the ex­e­cu­tion of a two-time killer Wednes­day af­ter a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany ob­jected to the use of one of its drugs to put some­one to death.

Clark County District Judge El­iz­a­beth Gon­za­lez dis­al­lowed the drug in a rul­ing that came less than nine hours be­fore Scott Ray­mond Dozier, 47, was to be ex­e­cuted by in­jec­tion with a three-chem­i­cal com­bi­na­tion never be­fore tried in the U.S.

State prison of­fi­cials called off the 8 p.m. ex­e­cu­tion. They could ap­peal to the Ne­vada Supreme Court.

De­spite the ma­neu­ver­ing around him, Dozier had re­peat­edly ex­pressed his de­sire to be put to death and had stopped fight­ing for his life. His at­tor­ney did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to mes­sages for com­ment.

At a hear­ing ear­lier in the day, New Jer­sey-based Alvo­gen urged the judge to block the use of its seda­tive mi­da­zo­lam, say­ing the state il­le­gally se­cured the prod­uct through “sub­terfuge” and in­tended it for un­ap­proved pur­poses.

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