A Nevada judge is halting the use of a drug in the execution of a twice-convicted killer hours before he was scheduled to die by a first-of-its-kind lethal injection mixture.
Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez ordered the delay Wednesday morning in response to a challenge by New Jersey-based drugmaker Alvogen, which says it doesn’t want its product, midazolam, used in “botched” executions.
The order is the first time a drug company has successfully sued to halt an execution in the U.S. involving one of its drugs. A previous challenge in Arkansas was unsuccessful.
Scott Raymond Dozier’s execution had been scheduled to take place Wednesday evening in the northeastern Nevada town of Ely.
Dozier has said repeatedly he wants to die and doesn’t care if it’s painful.
His would be the first execution in Nevada since 2006.