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I-Team: Death row inmate suing state of Nevada

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A death row inmate is suing the Nevada Department of Corrections, its director, and several employees.

This is another development in this ongoing case.

Scott Dozier claims he’s been denied access to his attorneys and placed on suicide watch in isolation and with no clothing but his boxers for 24 hours a day.

Dozier is a convicted murderer sentenced to death. He had given up a fight in court and said he was ready to die.

But the state of Nevada has struggled to perform the execution. Drug companies have fought to stop the use of their drugs for lethal injection. Before that, Dozier’s attorneys argued about the never before used drug combination as well as a lack of transparency from the state about the process.

In this lawsuit filed in federal court Friday, Dozier is suing the Nevada Department of Corrections or NDOC, the acting warden of Ely State Prison, and several other employees.

Dozier’s execution was stopped twice, meaning twice he said his goodbyes to loved ones and was prepared to die.

8 News Now had learned after the most recent stay, Dozier was placed on suicide watch. The DOC’s concern, according to a source, that he would take his own life.

Dozier’s argument is he’s never displayed any signs of suicide and the DOC’s actions are causing more damage.

In addition to this lawsuit, there is another court battle. A decision still needs to be made at the Nevada Supreme Court on whether the DOC can move forward with an execution.

The I-Team contacted the Nevada Department of Corrections and received no comment.

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