DENVER (CBS4) – They occupied Colorado’s death row. Nathan Dunlap killed four people at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in 1993, Sir Mario Owens and Robert Ray murdered trial witness Javad Marshall-Fields and his fiancee Vivian Wolfe.
Rhonda Fields, Javad’s mother is beyond upset with Gov. Jared Polis commuting the inmates’ sentences from death to life without parole.READ MORE: COVID In Colorado: State Now Offering To Create Vaccination Events At Businesses
“What he has done has washed away the verdicts that people invested so much time.”
State Sen. Fields and her daughter, Maisha, expressed no less than disgust that their loved one’s killers will now not be put to death. So did Vivian’s Wolfe’s mother, Christine.
“You know how miserable my life was? You don’t understand.”
In a hail of bullets the couple died in 2005 in Aurora.READ MORE: Mobile Home Park Residents Return Home As Barricaded Suspect Who Fired A Gun Surrenders To Aurora Police
Christine Wolfe, told CBS4, “We wanted death penalty so I could have peace of mind. And those, they are not human beings.”
In each case, victims’ families sat through the trials in which the sentences were death. But the Colorado state government abolished the death penalty for future cases. Then, Gov. Jared Polis replaced death row with “life row.”
“We are mourning today because justice has been hijacked,” said Maisha.
The governors’ executive order commuting the death row sentences stated:
“I hope that the victims will find some peace and will finally be freed from the public attention that has forced them to relive this personal tragedy over and over.”MORE NEWS: David Torrez Gets 45 Years After Shooting Estranged Wife's Companion 7 Times
To that Sen. Fields replied, “That’s hogwash, you know closure is when my son was murdered.”