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Nevada postponed implementation of the dispute about the battle of drugs
 Nevada's first inmate execution in 11 years was postponed Thursday after a judge ordered a paralytic drug removed from a never-before-used lethal injection plan that also includes the first use by a state of the powerful opioid fentanyl. Prisons chief James Dzurenda called off the execution that had been set for Tuesday for twice-convicted murderer Scott Raymond Dozier after a solicitor for the state attorney general's office said the order would be appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court, prisons spokeswoman Brooke Keast said. Dozier has given up appeals and repeatedly told Clark County District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti he wants his death sentence carried out. The judge said before issuing her order that she was "loath to stop" the process but was concerned the state plan to administer the three drugs could leave Dozier aware of pain and struggling with "air hunger." The state had planned to administer the muscle paralytic cisatracurium after injecting Dozier with high doses of the sedative diazepam and with fentanyl to depress and stop his breathing, The judge pointed to testimony last week from Dr. David Waisel, a Harvard University anesthesia professor and pediatric anesthesiologist at Boston Children's Hospital. He said the paralytic should not be needed if the other two drugs are delivered properly in the lethal amounts in the state protocol. "It's for the Supreme Court to decide," Togliatti said Thursday. "They're going to have to be the court to make that determination that we as a state are OK with a paralytic." Togliatti said the execution could go forward with a two-drug combination. But, "If the state of Nevada is not comfortable with the fentanyl and diazepam alone, then it supports the argument that (cisatracurium) is being used for a mask and he could suffer," she said. Dozier's execution can still happen once the state Supreme Court rules, Togliatti said. She set a Dec. 7 date to check the status of the case. Waisel was hired by David Anthony, a d... 

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