Judge to decide Monday on whether Nevada can set execution

Zane Floyd (Photo: Nevada Department of Corrections)

Zane Floyd (Photo: Nevada Department of Corrections)

LAS VEGAS — A state judge will decide next week whether prosecutors in Las Vegas can plan the first execution in Nevada in 15 years in late July.
District Judge Michael Villani said at a hearing Friday in Las Vegas that he will make a decision on Monday in the case of Zane Michael Floyd, who was convicted of killing four people in a grocery store.
Prosecutors are pushing to have Floyd executed in late July.
"At some point, this has to be final," Chief Deputy District Attorney Alex Chen said, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "If the court never sets a date for certain, then there really is no goal, and theoretically this litigation will just continue for years and years and years."
State prison officials have not disclosed the name of the drugs or the injection procedure they plan to use in Floyd's death.
Nevada requires executions to be by lethal injection, and state law requires prison officials to make public their execution plan, or protocol, only after a death warrant is issued.
Floyd, 45, does not want to die. He has been on death row since he was convicted in 2000 in the shotgun killing of four people and the wounding of a fifth person at a Las Vegas supermarket in 1999.

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