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Nathan Dunlap attorneys file suit to prevent murderer’s execution

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DENVER -- Attorneys for condemned killer Nathan Dunlap today filed a lawsuit in Denver District Court, arguing the state’s execution procedures violate Colorado’s own laws.

The lawsuit argues the Colorado Department of Corrections’s protocols are “secret” and violate Dunlap’s constitutional rights and could result in cruel and unusual punishment.  The DOC has previously said its procedures have been upheld by the courts.

Dunlap has asked the governor for clemency, although some victims and their family members have asked the governor to allow the execution to be carried out.

Dunlap is scheduled to be executed the week of Aug. 18th. He murdered four people at a Chuck E Cheese restaurant in Aurora in 1993.

Read a moving letter from a former Chuck E Cheese employee who was supposed to work the night of the shooting here.

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