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.
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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