Originally posted on CBS Denver:
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP/CBS4) – A judge on Wednesday chose late August for the execution of a man convicted of killing four people at a Colorado pizza restaurant in 1993.
The judge said Nathan Dunlap could be sentenced the week of Aug. 18 but also set a hearing on June 10 to hear arguments from Dunlap’s attorneys over the constitutionality of the death penalty.
Dunlap would be the first person executed in Colorado in 16 years.
Dunlap’s attorneys had argued it was too soon to set an execution date. They said his death sentence was meant to be carried out only after he completed a 75-year sentence for robbery.
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Separately, they are asking the Colorado Supreme Court to rule that under state law, the Department of Corrections must first get public input on its procedure of using lethal injections for executions.
The Colorado Court of Appeals…
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