ACLU of Nevada petitions governor to call off Scott Dozier execution

Scott Dozier appears in court Monday, September 11, 2017, at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. (George Romero/KSNV)

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada is asking Gov. Brian Sandoval to call off the planned execution of convicted murderer Scott Dozier.

Dozier was originally scheduled to be executed on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Ely State Prison with a new three-drug protocol: Cisatracurium, Diazepam and Fentanyl.

The state asked for a stay of execution when a district judge ruled the paralytic could not be used in the protocol, however, and Dozier's execution has been delayed.

The ACLU said in a statement that more than 600 Nevadans signed on to a petition to call off the execution. The ACLU is also asking Sandoval to keep in place Nevada's "de facto moratorium on executions."

"Capital punishment is inconsistent with the underlying values of our democratic system, namely the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness," Tod Story, executive director of the ACLU of Nevada, said in a statement.

Dozier was convicted of the 2002 murder of Jeremiah Miller in Clark County. He has also been linked to a 2001 murder in Arizona.

He has asked for the execution to proceed as scheduled, though attorneys have argued that the protocol is untested and could cause Dozier to suffer.

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