"Nathan Dunlap attorneys seek clemency for Chuck E. Cheese killer," is Karen Augé's Denver Post report.
After trying, so far unsuccessfully, to stop his execution in the courts, attorneys for Nathan Dunlap have formally asked Gov. John Hickenlooper to spare the condemned killer's life.
Saying "there are many reasons to spare Nathan Dunlap, and there is no principled reason to execute him," the petition asks Hickenlooper to grant Dunlap clemency and to commute his death sentence to life in prison without parole.
Last week, Arapahoe District Judge William Sylvester moved Dunlap closer to becoming the first person executed in Colorado in 15 years when he set an execution date for the week of Aug. 18.
Filed along with the 25-page petition are letters from a collection of his supporters and death-penalty opponents, from the Lutheran Evangelical Church in America to the American Civil Liberties Union.
The package also includes, along with graphic descriptions of the violence, sexual abuse and chaos inflicted on Dunlap in his childhood — and baby pictures of him — a polished, professional-looking 40-minute video of his friends, his brother and sister, psychologists and Dunlap himself, all trying to humanize the man who has been known for nearly 20 years as "the Chuck E. Cheese's killer."
"I regret what I did. I regret what I did to those victims' families and Bobby Stephens," the now-39-year-old Dunlap, in a forest-green prison jumpsuit, says into the video camera.
The AP filing is, "Governor Asked to Spare Life of Convicted Killer," by Dan Elliott. It's via CT Post.
A man convicted of ambushing and killing four employees at a Colorado pizza restaurant in 1993 had undiagnosed bipolar disorder at the time and should not be executed, his lawyers argued Monday.
Dunlap, 38, was convicted and sentenced to die in 1996 for the shooting deaths of four workers who were cleaning a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in the Denver suburb of Aurora after business hours. Three of the victims were teenagers. Dunlap, then 19, had recently lost a job at the eatery.
The U.S. Supreme Court turned down Dunlap's last guaranteed appeal in February. This month, a judge scheduled Dunlap's execution for the week of Aug. 18, with the day to be set by the head of the Colorado Department of Corrections.
Hickenlooper declined to say Monday whether he would grant clemency.
"It's a hard one. It's as hard as it gets," he told reporters outside the Capitol.
"Nathan Dunlap Case: Governor Hickenlooper Asked to Give Clemency to Convicted Chuck E. Cheese Killer," by Andrea Rael at HuffPost.
In February however, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Dunlap's appeal and this month -- after spending 17 years on death row -- a judge ruled that Dunlap be executed the week of Aug. 18.
Now Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper is left with the final say.
"It's a hard one. It's as hard as it gets," Hickenlooper told the media on Monday outside the Capitol.
The governor has been meeting with Dunlap's defense team, victims' family members and prosecutors but has told reporters that he remains conflicted about whether or not to exercise his power to grant clemency.
Additional coverage by Denver broadcast outlets include:
KCNC-TV posts, "Nathan Dunlap Expresses Regret in Petition DVD for Gov Hickenlooper."
"Nathan Dunlap Pleads for His Life in Video; Lawyers Ask for Clemency," by Thomas Hendrick for KDVR-TV. The station also posts, "GOP State Senator Pressures Hickenlooper to Carry Out Dunlap Execution," by Eli Stokols.
"Group Calls for Clemency in Nathan Dunlap Case," by Blair Shiff for KUSA-TV.
Earlier coverage of Nathan Dunlap's case begins at the link.