Innocent on Death Row? New Evidence Casts Doubt on Convictions

Rodney Reed’s death sentence was suspended. But researchers say other current cases raise similar doubt about the guilt of the accused.
The number of executions in the United States remains close to nearly a three-decade low. And yet the decline has not prevented what those who closely track the death penalty see as a disturbing trend: a significant number of cases in which prisoners are being put to death, or whose execution dates are near, despite questions about their guilt.
Rodney Reed, who came within days of execution in Texas before an appeals court suspended his death sentence on Friday, has been the most high-profile recent example, receiving support from Texas lawmakers of both parties and celebrities like Rihanna and Kim Kardashian West, who urged a new examination of the evidence.
Mr. Reed has long maintained that he did not commit the 1996 murder for which he was convicted. And in recent months, new witnesses came forward pointing toward another possible suspect: the dead…

Nevada death row inmate placed on suicide watch

Scott Raymond Dozier
CARSON CITY — Scott Raymond Dozier, who wants to be executed for a Las Vegas murder, has threatened to kill himself if the state does not carry out his death sentence, Gov. Brian Sandoval said today.

Sandoval said Dozier has been placed on a suicide watch, with guards observing him around the clock at the Ely State Prison.

Dozier’s execution was scheduled for today, but a judge delayed it last week over concerns by defense attorneys that part of a lethal drug cocktail could hide signs of a botched process, leaving Dozier to feel himself suffocating.

The case has been sent to the Nevada Supreme Court for review.

A Clark County jury convicted Dozier and sentenced him to death in 2007 for killing 22-year-old Jeremiah Miller at a Las Vegas motel and taking $12,000 Miller had brought with him from Arizona to buy an ingredient for making methamphetamine.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada has called for the governor to stay all executions.

“Capital punishment is inconsistent with the underlying values of our democratic system, namely the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness,” Executive Director Tod Story said in a news release.

Source: Las Vegas Sun, Cy Ryan, November 14, 2017| 2:03 p.m.

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