Sen. Julie Gonzales postpones the bill to repeal the death penalty in Colorado, effectively ending debate on the matter for this session.
The governor doesn’t feel capital punishment is fairly administered, is disproportionate and depends largely on where a person lives and who the prosecutor is.
Robert Ray is the last person to be sent to death row in Colorado. The state may abolish the death penalty.
The minority party doesn’t have a lot of options to slow down the process.
The state has only executed one person since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976: Gary Lee Davis in 1997.
Colorado's 43rd governor also said he's enjoying how fast-paced the lawmaking in state government is compared to his experiences in Congress.
Sullivan lost his son, Alex, in the Aurora theater shooting in 2012. This November, Sullivan was elected to the state House.
Gov. John Hickenlooper halted the execution of Nathan Dunlap but did not grany him clemency. He left it to the next governor to ultimately decide Dunlap’s fate.
According to a court document filed Saturday on her intent to now testify, Ray's lawyers say her refusal to testify is hurting his appeal and putting his life at risk.
“If the state was not seeking to execute Mr. Ray, she would happily testify,” said Lindecrantz’s attorney Mari Newman.