Dozier was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Jeremiah Miller, who was killed and dismembered in 2002. The victim’s torso was found in a suitcase dumped in a trash bin in Las Vegas, according to the Nevada Department of Corrections.
Dozier was also convicted of murder in the death of another victim found buried in the Arizona desert.
Dozier’s attorney, Thomas Ericsson, said in July that his client wanted to be executed. But his excution was delayed twice — once in November 2017 and again in July 2018 — because of the combination of midazolam, Fentanyl and cisatracurium that Nevada planned to use to execute him.
Legal concerns were raised over whether the drug cocktail would torture Dozier in his final moments. Death penalty critics have long argued that midazolam is not a pain killing anesthetic and would allow the condemned to feel tortuous pain from the following drugs.
Midazolam’s maufacturer went to court to stop its product from being used in an execution. A district judge granted the company a temporary restraining order, saying the company would have suffered “irreparable damages.”
The third drug in the combination was the main subject of legal contention in 2017. Cisatracurium is a muscle relaxant, and a district court judge ruled that the state could not use it because the drug could hide signs of pain.
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