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Court Rejects Execution Procedure Challenge

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Nathan Dunlap (credit: CBS)

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DENVER (AP) — Condemned killer Nathan Dunlap has lost his bid to challenge the procedure that Colorado will use to execute him.

The Colorado Court of Appeals Thursday rejected Dunlap attorneys’ argument the state developed the lethal injection execution procedure without public input. The court sided with the state that argued the lethal injection execution procedure falls under the duties of the prisons director and don’t require public input.

Dunlap was convicted and sentenced to die for the slaying of four people during a 1993 robbery of a Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant in Aurora. He wounded another employee.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Dunlap’s appeal in February. Arapahoe District Judge William Sylvester set a May 1 hearing to designate a week in which Dunlap will be executed.

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