Attorneys for Nathan Dunlap, the longest-serving inmate on Colorado's death row, will argue for his life on March 20 before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Denver-based federal appellate court will hear 1 hour of arguments at 2 p.m. on the 20th, according to court filings in Dunlap's appeal. The court, 1 step below the U.S. Supreme Court, is one of the final legal steps in Dunlap's case before the death chamber.
Dunlap was sentenced to die in 1996 for killing 4 people at an Aurora Chuck E. Cheese restaurant. The state supreme court and a federal district court judge have upheld the punishment.
In his appeal to the 10th Circuit, Dunlap argues that his trial attorney erred in not investigating evidence that Dunlap suffers from mental illness, something that, if true, may have convinced a jury to spare his life.
No execution date for Dunlap has been set. It will likely take several weeks to several months for the 10th Circuit to make a decision after hearing arguments in the case next month.
(source: The Denver Post)