The mug shots and biography of Gary Lee Davis are held above the table on which the convicted murderer was later put to death in the Colorado State Penitentiary in this file photo from Sept. 24, 1997, during a media tour of the facility east of Cañon City. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

In 1997, Colorado’s first execution in 30 years marked a watershed moment. But did it change the conversation about capital punishment?

I witnessed the state impose the death sentence on Gary Lee Davis. It was a surreal event marked by a clean, quiet ease.

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