Reno – According to a press release from the Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC), officials are investigating the apparent suicide of Scott Raymond Dozier. In the afternoon of January 5, 2019, correctional officers found inmate Scott Raymond Dozier hanging from a bed sheet tied to an air vent in his cell at Ely State prison in Ely, Nevada. According to the release, Dozier was housed alone at the time, and staff attempted to provide emergency medical care until help arrived. Dozier was pronounced dead at approximately 4:35 PM by emergency medical staff at the scene.
On July 10 of 2018, Las Vegas District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez issued a decision that has halted the execution of convicted murder Scott Dozier. Alvogen, the maker of Midazolam, a drug the state intended to use as part of the cocktail of drugs in the lethal injection execution of Scott Dozier, alleged prison officials obtained the drug under false pretenses and that use of the chemical to execute a prisoner would harm their company’s reputation. Two other drug manufacturers also took legal action to prevent their drugs from being used in Dozier’s execution.
Scott Dozier spent a decade on death row for the murder of Jeremiah Miller and about 18 months ago chose not to appeal his death sentence and in essence, volunteered to die. According to reporting by The Marshall Project, Dozier not only killed Miller over a meth deal gone bad but dismembered his body and stuffed it in a suitcase and tossed it in a dumpster. Miller’s head was never found.
Dozier was also convicted of the murder of an Arizona man, Jasen Greene.
In 2016, when he abandoned the appeal process, Dozier told a Clark County district judge that he would rather die than live the rest of his life in prison.
Inmate Dozier was 48 years old. Investigators from the NDOC Inspector General’s Office, White Pine County Sheriff’s Office and the coroner responded. An autopsy is being scheduled per NRS 209.3815. Next of Kin have been notified.