DENVER - Attorneys for a 24-year-old man accused of stabbing five people to death in a Denver bar say Colorado laws are too broad and fail to limit who is eligible for the death penalty.
During a hearing on Tuesday, defense attorneys asked a Denver judge to declare Colorado's death penalty laws unconstitutional because it only takes a felony conviction and one of 17 aggravating factors to qualify.
Investigators say the five people were killed during a botched robbery and fire. The suspects got away with just $170, according to court records.
Those killed were bar owner Young Fero, 63; Daria M. Pohl, 21; Kellene Fallon, 44; Ross Richter, 29; and Tereasa Beesley, 45. The Denver Medical Examiner said all five victims died of multiple stab wounds.
Dexter Lewis faces a possible death sentence for his role in the 2012 attack.
According to the Denver Post, two other men charged in the case have accepted plea agreements in exchange for their testimony against Lewis. Joseph Hill received five life sentences and his brother, Lynell Hill, were sentenced to 70 years.