DENVER - Gov. John Hickenlooper has spoken with seven prosecutors and two defense attorneys as he ponders whether to grant clemency to Nathan Dunlap, who faces execution in August for ambushing and killing four people in 1993.
Hickenlooper's office provided a list to The Associated Press of 15 officials the governor has spoken with. The list also includes three investigators and a victim-witness assistant in the prosecutor's office.
Hickenlooper also spoke with victims, family members and others whose names haven't been released.
Dunlap himself made a video and sent a letter to the governor asking for clemency.
"I don't feel I have the right to ask for clemency. I mean, how can I ask for life or anything when I took so much and disregarded the pain I was going to inflict?" he tells the governor. "However, I ask that you consider granting me clemency. If possible, I'd like to spare my family and friends from the same pain that I caused the victims' families and Bobby Stephens and his family and friends."
The mother of a teenager killed during a shooting rampage is begging the governor to let convicted killer Nathan Dunlap die.
"Sit back, make no decision, allow the one that 12 people [the jury] made after listening to all the evidence 17 years ago stand," said Sandi Rogers in a statement.
Sandi's son, Ben Grant, was 17 years old when he was shot and killed.
Ben had only worked at the restaurant for three weeks before the shooting. Sandi said Ben didn't even know Dunlap.
Hickenlooper hasn't said when he will decide on clemency. Dunlap's execution is scheduled for the week of Aug. 18.
Dunlap has been on death row since 1996, when a jury convicted him. Dunlap had recently lost a job there.
-- List of prosecutors, defense attorneys, investigators and others with whom Gov. John Hickenlooper has spoken with:
- Philip Cherner and Madeline Cohen, counsel for Nathan Dunlap.
- George Brauchler, district attorney 18th Judicial District.
- Eva Wilson, senior chief deputy, 1st Judicial District, who was a prosecuting attorney in the Dunlap case.
- John Hower, chief deputy district attorney, 18th Judicial District, who was a prosecutor in a robbery case against Dunlap and assisted in post-conviction litigation.
- James Peters, former 18th Judicial District prosecuting attorney on the Dunlap case and former district attorney.
- Matt Maillaro, senior chief deputy district attorney, 18th Judicial District.
- Jacob Edson, chief deputy district attorney, 18th Judicial District, who assisted on post-conviction litigation in the Dunlap case.
- Paul Koehler, Colorado Attorney General's Office
- Daniel Edwards, Colorado Attorney General's Office
- Kathy Holscher, Weld County District Attorney's Office who served as a paralegal with with the 18th Judicial District on Dunlap's trial and post-conviction proceedings.
- Valarie Finks, victim-witness assistant, 18th Judicial District.
- Joe Petrucelli, Aurora Police Department, lead detective on the Dunlap investigation.
- Karen Meskis, a district attorney's investigator for the 18th Judicial District.
- Steve Patrick, a former Aurora Police Department sergeant.