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Quadruple Murderer Nears Execution in Colorado

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From Dunlap v. Clements, 476 Fed. Appx. 162, 163-164 (CA10 2012):

In February 1996, Mr. Dunlap was convicted of four counts of capital murder and various other crimes in connection with the murder of three teenagers and a 50-year-old mother of two at a Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant in Aurora, Colorado. In May 1996, in accordance with jury verdicts, he was sentenced to death on the four murder counts and consecutive terms totaling 113 years on the other counts.

In July 1993, Mr. Dunlap had been fired from his position as a cook at the restaurant and wanted to "get even." On the night of December 14, 1993, he hid in the bathroom until closing, then emerged and shot employees Sylvia Crowell, Colleen O'Connor, Bobby Stephens, Marge Kolhberg, and Ben Grant. Mr. Stephens was hit in the face at close range but survived.
Wednesday, a judge set the week of August 18 for the execution, with the Department of Corrections to pick the exact date, Karen Augé and Adrian Garcia report for the Denver Post.
Dan Elliott reports for AP:

Gov. John Hickenlooper spoke with victims' family members and others Friday about whether he should spare the life of a man convicted of ambushing and killing four people nearly 20 years ago.
It is commendable that the governor is giving the clemency petition the seriousness it deserves, but it seems to be an easy decision.  No claim of any doubt he did it appears in the stories.  What else could outweigh murdering four people and seriously wounding a fifth?  The usual stuff would be a feather against a brick on the scales of justice.

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Hickenlooper seems to be looking for a way out--a reason not to allow the execution. It would be appallingly cruel to let the families and the surviving victim wait over 20 years for justice only to have the rug yanked out from under them.

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