Nevada official responsible for execution strategy has actually resigned

Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017|8:30 p.m.

Questions emerged about the approaching execution of a Nevada death row inmate who wants to pass away, with a disclosure in court that the state authorities who signed off on the untried three-drug protocol has resigned.

Clark County District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti reacted with surprise Tuesday when she was informed that Dr. John DiMuro gave up Monday as primary state medical officer.

DiMuro says in a sworn file sent by the state chief law officer’s office that his resignation was “totally unrelated” to the prepared Nov. 14 execution of Scott Raymond Dozier.

Lawyers from the federal public protector’s office have been challenging the newly drawn-up protocol for Dozier’s deadly injection.

They stated outdoors court they required time to assess what effect DiMuro’s resignation will have.

Another hearing is set Friday afternoon.

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