CARSON CITY— A death row inmate scheduled to become the first executed in Nevada in 11 years was placed on suicide watch for several days because he said he’ll kill himself if the state won’t do it.
Nevada Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Keast says Scott Dozier was placed on suicide watch as a protective measure on Thursday because he told prison staff he would “kill himself if the execution didn’t take place.” She said Tuesday he was removed from suicide watch on Monday.
Dozier was scheduled to die Tuesday at the Ely State Prison but the execution was postponed after a judge in Las Vegas ordered a paralytic drug removed from a never-before-used lethal injection plan.
The state is appealing. Clark County District Judge Jennifer Togliatti set a Dec. 7 date to check the status of the case.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada has repeatedly called on the Department of Corrections and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval to put this execution on hold, citing a lack of transparency from state officials and concerns about training and with the never-before-used drug protocol—the sedative diazepam, the dangerous opioid fentanyl, and the paralytic cisatracurium.
ACLU of Nevada Legal Director Amy Rose said: “Recent court hearings about the state’s experimental execution plan only confirmed the ACLU of Nevada’s concerns about the likelihood of a botched execution.”