Colorado death penalty opponents step up campaign to get clemency for Nathan Dunlap

No executions in Colorado since 1997

DENVER - Opponents of the death penalty are trying to persuade Gov. John Hickenlooper to grant clemency to death-row inmate Nathan Dunlap.

Records obtained by the Denver Post show Dunlap's attorneys and members of the public are hoping to sway Hickenlooper's decision because of possible signs that the governor's position on the issue has wavered. Hickenlooper has not said what he plans to do.

Dunlap was a 19-year-old former employee when he walked into a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in Aurora in 1993 at closing time and shot five people in the head, before taking $1,500 from a safe. Three teenagers and a mother of two died. One person survived the shooting.

Dunlap had recently been fired from the restaurant.

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court said it would not hear Dunlap's appeal, clearing the way for an execution date to be set.

Since Colorado reinstituted the death penalty in 1976, only one person has been executed. Gary Lee Davis was executed in 1997.

Dunlap is one of three men on death row in Colorado. The others are Sir Mario Owens and Robert Ray. They were convicted and sentenced to death for their roles in the murders of Javad Marshall-Fields and his fiancee, Vivian Wolfe.

The death sentences of at least six other death-row inmates have been thrown out since Dunlap was sentenced, according to the Associated Press.

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