Push for execution team names
THERE are fears that revealing the identity of the doctor tipped carry out the first death row execution in one US state in 12 years could pose a safety risk.
A push for the names of the "execution team" set to put gardener turned stripper Scott Raymond Dozier to death raised fears that those involved would be open to death threats if their identities became public.
Dozier, 47, has told court officials he did not care if the lethal cocktail of drugs hurt, he just wanted his life to be over. The death-row killer said there were only so many paintings you can do behind bars.
Dozier's execution would be Nevada's first execution in 12 years.
The makers of the cocktail of drugs that make up the lethal injection claimed that they needed to ensure the doctor tasked with overseeing the capital punishment was a licenced physician.
A judge ruled that the names of those involved in the execution team may remain anonymous but the Department of Corrections must identify the doctor.
However, the doctor's name will not be made available to the wider public and will instead only be known by the lawyers representing the different drug companies.
Dozier was sentenced to die in 2007 and since then his execution has been scheduled twice and called off each time.
The most decent date for the lethal injection was set for July 11 this year, but was called off just hours before the execution was set to take place.
Nine hours before the 47-year-old was set to die District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez barred the Nevada Department of Corrections from using one of the three drugs planned to be administered.
After learning that the department had acquired one of their drugs to use in the execution, Alvogen started a lawsuit to ban it's use, claiming it would cause "immediate and irreparable harm" to the company.
Since then, the manufacturers of the two other drugs that were planned to be used have joined the lawsuit, claiming their drugs were improperly obtained.
The cocktail of drugs that were put forward included a sedative, a painkiller and a paralytic.
The plan was to inject Dozier with midazolam to sedate him, then the opioid fentanyl to slow and perhaps stop his breathing followed by a muscle-paralysing drug called cisatracurium.
Dozier has been vocal about his wish to get the execution over and done with, claiming the drawn out process is taking a huge toll on him and his family.
The state should "just get it done, just do it effectively and stop fighting about it," he told the Associated Press.
"I want to be really clear about this. This is my wish.
"They should stop punishing me and my family for their inability to carry out the execution."
DOZIER'S DEATH ROW CRIMES
The landscape gardener-turned-Las Vegas stripper got on the wrong side of the law at a young age.
Dozier started rebelling against his privileged upbringing in high school where he started selling weed and LSD to other students.
It looked like he was settling down as a young adult when he married his high school sweetheart with whom he had a child.
But by his mid-20s Dozier was back in the drug business, this time dealing with a lot harder substances.
He was working as a stripper and doing landscaping gigs, but his primary income came from cooking and selling ice.
"I liked the idea of living outside the law," he told Mother Jones in January.
As his drug business grew, Dozier's life started spiralling out of control and he soon graduated from simply "living outside the law" to murder.
In April 2002 he shot and dismembered the corpse of 22-year-old Jeremiah Miller.
Police deduced that Dozier had offered to help Mr Miller obtain ingredients to make meth in exchange for US$12,000.
When the young man turned up, Dozier shot him and stole the cash before chopping up his body.
"His body was mutilated," a prosecutor told the jury at Dozier's trial.
"His arms were disarticulated at the elbows. His legs were disarticulated at the knees. His head was removed, and he was cut in half."
He was caught when a maintenance worker opened of a "very foul" smelling suitcase stashed in a dumpster.
Inside he found a mass of human hair, flesh and a blood-soaked towel.
Dozier was arrested in June 2002 and not long after was connected to the murder of Jasen "Griffin" Green, whose remains had been found in a plastic container in the desert north of Phoenix a year earlier.
He was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 over the murder of Mr Green and then extradited to Nevada where he was put on death row for the murder for Mr Miller.
He has since been given two death dates, October 3, 2007 and July 11, 2018, both of which were called off.
Prison officials want to reschedule Dozier's execution for mid-November, and are asking the Nevada Supreme Court to quickly consider and overturn the temporary order not to use midazolam.