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Court May Hear Appeal Of Nevada Execution Delay

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court could hear an appeal Wednesday afternoon of a judge's ruling to halt the use of a drug in the execution of a twice-convicted killer.

 

Court spokesman Michael Sommermeyer says that some of the seven justices are in Chicago for a Nevada State Bar Association meeting, but that the court could meet by teleconference.

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The state of Nevada had not yet appealed by midday. The state said it would explore whether it could appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court.

Scott Raymond Dozier's execution had been scheduled to take place Wednesday evening. Dozier has said repeatedly he wants to die.

 

Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez ordered the delay after a hearing in which drugmaker Alvogen said Nevada obtained the product through "subterfuge" for unapproved purposes.

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If the ruling sticks, Alvogen would become the first drugmaker to successfully sue to halt an execution.