LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Nevada judge says she's leaning toward cutting a paralytic from the three-drug combination the state plans to use for the execution of a death-row inmate who said again he wants his sentence carried out next week.
Clark County District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti told federal public defenders and state attorney general lawyers on Wednesday that she expects to make a decision Thursday.
She says she first wants state prison officials to finalize, sign and submit their protocol for the execution next Tuesday of Scott Dozier.
The 46-year-old Dozier told the judge by video from prison that he's "resolute and steadfast" about not changing his mind about becoming the first person in Nevada to be killed by lethal injection in 11 years.
Dozier is a twice-convicted murderer who voluntarily gave up appeals of his conviction and sentence.
A judge who has been hearing a challenge of the state's untried prison lethal injection plan is set to ask a death-row inmate one last time whether he's changed his mind about becoming the first person to be executed in Nevada in 11 years.
Scott Raymond Dozier has told Clark County District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti several times that he wants his sentence carried out, and he's not really concerned if it'll be painful.
The judge says he has to say so again during a Wednesday videoconference from the state prison in Ely, where his execution is scheduled next Tuesday.
The 46-year-old Dozier is a twice-convicted murderer. He isn't appealing his conviction or sentence.
But he is letting federal public defenders probe how the state decided on a three-drug combination that has never before been used for lethal injections in any other state.
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