Denver D.A. considers death penalty in murders of 5 people at bar

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DENVER -- The same week Governor John Hickenlooper granted a reprieve to death row inmate Nathan Dunlap, FOX31 Denver has learned there could be a new death penalty case.

In court Friday, Joseph and Lynell Hill and Dexter Lewis entered not guilty pleas in the murders of five people at Fero's Bar and Grill in Denver.

Prosecutors with the Denver District Attorney's Office indicated they are considering seeking the death penalty in the case.

They have a deadline of July 26 for making the decision.

The three suspects are accused of hatching a plan to rob Fero's last October.  They allegedly went into the bar and two of the suspects are accused of viciously stabbing the five people who were there, including bar owner, 63 year old Young Fero.

The three then are accused of setting a fire to try to cover up the crime. But a fourth person with them that night was also an informant for federal law enforcement.

Prosecutors say he was not a participant in the murders but provided information that led to the three arrests. The result of the robbery was $170.