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The Death Penalty in Colorado

The Death Penalty in Colorado
The Death Penalty in Colorado

Colorado lawmakers have passed a death penalty repeal. What will Gov. Polis do with the men on death row?

The Colorado House gave final approval Wednesday to a bill ending capital punishment in Colorado. The governor has already said he will sign it into law. So what happens to Nathan Dunlap, Robert Ray and Sir Mario Owens?

Crime and Courts

What you need to know about Colorado’s current death penalty law

As lawmakers debate repealing it, here's how Colorado's capital punishment system works.

Crime and Courts

He survived the Aurora Chuck E. Cheese shooting 25 years ago. A possible death penalty repeal is bringing it all back up.

Bobby Stephens: “It just doesn’t make sense to me that this process has been what it’s been.”

Crime and Courts

Colorado law mandates which drugs be used for lethal injection. So what happens when they are no longer made?

As Colorado debates the end of capital punishment, a specific drug required by Colorado law -- sodium thiopental -- is no longer available on the open market for executions

Crime and Courts

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.

Crime and Courts

TIMELINE: The death penalty in Colorado

Breaking down Colorado's history of capital punishment, plus a searchable database of death penalty cases since 1979.

Crime and Courts

“Those scars will always be there”: Rhonda Fields’ son was murdered by two of the three men on Colorado’s death row

The Aurora Democrat is opposed to repealing the death penalty in Colorado. She plans to be “vocal and … honest” during debate over a bill to abolish.

Politics and Government

Colorado lawmakers will consider whether to repeal the death penalty again, as factors align for passage

The Colorado legislature has debated getting rid of capital punishment four times since 2000. The bill being brought this year wouldn’t send the question to voters, as proponents of lethal injection want.

Politics and Government