Jury Sentences Killer To Die For Las Vegas Slaying, Dismemberment

A Nevada jury sentenced a two-time killer to die by lethal injection for murdering a man at a Las Vegas hotel and hacking up the body.

The same jury that reached the verdict on Wednesday found Scott Dozier, 37, guilty last week of killing 22-year-old Jeremiah Miller and stealing $12,000 that Miller brought from Phoenix to Las Vegas to purchase materials to make methamphetamine.

Miller's torso was found in April 2002 in a suitcase in a trash bin at an apartment complex several miles west of the Las Vegas Strip, and identified by distinctive tattoos.

The rest of the body has never been found.

The jury could have sentenced Dozier to life in prison with or without the possibility of parole for his conviction on first-degree murder with the use of a deadly weapon and robbery with the use of a deadly weapon.

Defense lawyers Alzora Jackson and Clark Patrick argued during trial that an unidentified drug dealer who loaned Miller the $12,000 was the more likely killer.

A defense psychologist told jurors during the penalty trial Tuesday that Dozier had been sexually abused as a child by a teenage neighbor and suffered from an anti-social personality disorder with narcissistic traits.

The death sentence will be automatically appealed.

Clark County District Attorney David Roger rejected a deal that would have had Dozier accept a sentence of life without the possibility of parole, give up any right to appeal and tell the Miller family what happened to their son.

"This individual killed two people and he deserved the ultimate punishment," Roger said.

Dozier was convicted in 2005 in Arizona of second-degree murder in a case where authorities said his victim was dismembered and buried in the desert.

Officials said he is serving a 22-year-sentence in that case.

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