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Nevada Death Row Inmate's Planned Execution Using Fentanyl Suspended

A sign marks the entrance to Ely State Prison, the location of Nevada's execution chamber, Wednesday, July 11, 2018, near Ely, Nev. A Nevada judge effectively put the execution of Scott Raymond Dozier on hold Wednesday after a pharmaceutical company objected to the use of one of its drugs to put someone to death. (John Locher/AP)
A sign marks the entrance to Ely State Prison, the location of Nevada's execution chamber, Wednesday, July 11, 2018, near Ely, Nev. A Nevada judge effectively put the execution of Scott Raymond Dozier on hold Wednesday after a pharmaceutical company objected to the use of one of its drugs to put someone to death. (John Locher/AP)

Scott Dozier would have become the first death row inmate in the U.S. to be executed with the synthetic opioid fentanyl. But hours before the planned execution on Wednesday, a Nevada judge suspended the execution. The announcement comes after questions about how Nevada’s Department of Corrections got its hands on the drugs.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young talks about the case with Maurice Chammah (@MauriceChammah), staff writer for The Marshall Project.

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