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An Inmate Whose Execution Was Called Off Has Been Found Dead In His Cell

Scott Raymond Dozier, 48, was sentenced to death in 2007 for murder. He had tried to kill himself after two scheduled lethal injections were postponed.

Posted on January 6, 2019, at 1:15 a.m. ET

Nevada Department of Corrections via AP

Scott Raymond Dozier

A twice-convicted murderer who had tried to kill himself after two scheduled lethal injections were postponed was found dead in his cell in a Nevada state prison Saturday.

Scott Raymond Dozier, 48, who was sentenced to death in 2007 for the 2002 murder of 22-year-old Jeremiah Miller, was found dead of an apparent suicide in his solo cell at Ely State Prison, according to the Nevada Department of Corrections.

Dozier was pronounced dead at 4:35 p.m. An autopsy is pending.

Brooke Santina, a spokesperson for the department, said Dozier was not on suicide watch Saturday, but he had been under monitoring previously.

Dozier, who was also convicted in the 2001 murder of 26-year-old Jasen Greene in Arizona, had repeatedly said he wanted to die rather than spend the rest of his life in prison, according to the Associated Press.

"I’ve been very clear about my desire to be executed ... even if suffering is inevitable,” Dozier said in a handwritten note to a state court judge who postponed his execution in November 2017, according to the AP.

The judge delayed his execution due to concerns that the drug regimen could leave him suffocating, conscious, and unable to move.

Ken Ritter / AP

Scott Raymond Dozier confers with federal public defender Lori Teicher during a 2017 court appearance.

The AP reported that recent court filings in a lawsuit challenging his housing on suicide watch also revealed that Dozier had tried to kill himself multiple times in recent months.

An attorney for Dozier did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News' request for comment.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.

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