Hickenlooper Delays Execution Of Convicted Killer

By: KKTV/Associated Press
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Governor John Hickenlooper has indefinitely delayed the execution of convicted killer Nathan Dunlap, citing doubts about the death penalty.

Twenty years ago, Dunlap went into an Aurora Chuck E. Cheese and gunned down four people. He left Bobby Stephens wounded. Stephens was the only survivor.

11 News reporter Karen Morfitt spoke with Stephens just moments after he got off the phone with Governor Hickenlooper.

He was very emotional, even angry about the decision.

Stephens says the governor's decision is an injustice to everyone who was impacted. He had a message for the man who shot him.

"Mr. Dunlap, I know you're smiling, just like you smiled at me that night when you shot me, and I'm going to see to it that smile comes to an end."

Hickenlooper made the decision Wednesday afternoon to grant Dunlap a reprieve, not clemency.

Clemency would have changed Dunlap's sentence to life without parole.

Reprieving his sentence will spare Dunlap's life for now, but could change once he leaves office. What happens would be up to the next governor.

Hickenlooper can also change his mind, but says it's unlikely he'll revisit the issue.

Dunlap was sentenced to die in 1996. His last guaranteed appeal was rejected this year.

Dunlap's execution date after the last failed appeal had been scheduled for August.

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