A judge has signed off on the first execution in Nevada in 12 years, despite lingering questions about a never-before-used drug protocol that's faced a court fight.

Clark County District Judge Jennifer Togliatti signed Scott Raymond Dozier's death warrant Tuesday, setting the execution on Wednesday, July 11 at Ely State Prison.

It follows a state Supreme Court ruling last month that defense lawyers and a rights group used the wrong process to try to stop the lethal injection.

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State Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Santina says officials plan to use a never-tried three-drug cocktail that was the subject of a court fight. She says the drugs haven't expired despite some questions about whether they had.

The protocol includes fentanyl, a powerful painkiller fueling much of the nation's opioid epidemic, and a paralyzing drug that attorneys challenging the execution say could mask any signs of pain and suffering.

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