Death row inmate whose execution was postponed found dead in cell
Scott Dozier, the death row inmate whose execution was stalled by court cases launched by pharmaceutical companies, has been found dead in his cell.
The 48 year old, an inmate on Nevada’s death row, had in July of last year had his execution postponed twice after a Nevada judge temporarily halted the use of the sedative midazolam in executions, following objections from the New Jersey based pharma firm Alvogen.
The case, in which Alvogen claimed that the Nevada Department of Corrections obtained the drug illegaly, saw Dozier’s executions halted just 11 hours before he was scheduled to die.
Speaking to the Associated Press, State Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Santina reported that Dozier had been found dead at 4:35 p.m. on Saturday in his solo cell. The twice convicted killer was reported to have died from an apparent hanging.
Dozier had repeatedly asked to be executed and given up on appeals as he suggested that he would rather die than spend the rest of his life in prison.
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