Denver Jury Weighs Death Sentence For 2012 Bar Killings

August 12, 2015

Jurors are determining whether a man convicted of stabbing five people to death in a Denver should now face the death penalty.

The first round of sentencing hearings for Dexter Lewis began Wednesday. Just like in the Colorado theater shooting case, jurors must first decide whether the 2012 killings were heinous enough to warrant capital punishment. If they agree, then the defense would then be able to present evidence about Lewis' background to try to persuade jurors against a death sentence.

Prosecutors say Lewis went to the bar with three other men in October 2012 and stabbed the bar's owner and four customers during a botched robbery. Two of the other men pleaded guilty and got lengthy sentences and the fourth, a former federal informant, wasn't charged.