GOP Renews Death Penalty Attacks On Hickenlooper

August 19, 2014 9:03 PM

GOP Renews Death Penalty Attacks On Hickenlooper
" DENVER (AP) – Colorado Republicans are unleashing another round of criticism against Gov. John Hickenlooper and his stance against capital punishment, hoping to paint the Democrat as indecisive on the issue in the months leading up to November.

The latest attacks come after a weekend interview on a Denver TV station during which Hickenlooper outlined his reasons for opposing the death penalty. Last year, he upset many by granting an indefinite stay of execution to Nathan Dunlap, who was convicted of murder for the 1993 deaths of four people at an Aurora Chuck E. Cheese.

Nathan Dunlap (credit: Colorado Governor’s Office)

Hickenlooper said in the interview that he’s been a lifelong supporter of the death penalty but that he’s changed his mind recently, noting it costs “10 times, maybe 15 times more money to execute someone than it does just to put them in life in prison without parole.”

“But once they go into life in prison without parole, they’re there forever,” he continued. “There’s no deterrence to having capital punishment.”

In 2013, Democrats in the Colorado Legislature proposed repealing the death penalty, but they shelved their bill, saying Hickenlooper had indicated he might veto it "

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