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Chuck E. Cheese killer will likely face execution 20 years after the crime


(KDVR) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nathan Dunlap was sentenced to death for killing four people in an Aurora Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in 1993. Almost 20 years later, Colorado’s longest-serving death-row inmate saw his last, best chance to avoid execution thwarted by the U.S. Supreme Court.

That decision came down Tuesday morning, when a list of unsigned orders revealed that Dunlap’s case will not be heard by the country’s highest court.

This means an execution date can now be set for Dunlap. If it is carried out, it will make the 38-year-old the first inmate to be executed in Colorado since 1995.

In the appeal, Dunlap’s attorneys argued their client had been represented in his murder trial by incompetent lawyers who failed to introduce evidence that may have proved Dunlap’s mental instability.

Dunlap was just 19 years old when he walked into the Aurora restaurant where he had been fired and killed four of his former co-workers. The victims were restaurant manager Margaret Kohlberg, 50, Sylvia Crowell, 19, Ben Grant and Colleen O’Connor, both 17.


94 Comments to “Chuck E. Cheese killer will likely face execution 20 years after the crime”

    ron said:
    February 19, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    20 years is way too long to fedd and care for this murder, fry him already.

    rhr said:
    February 19, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    20yearsx $67,109/year=about 1.3mil= hang the bastard!

      Nice Nurse Rachet said:
      February 20, 2013 at 3:19 AM

      It is sad that it takes that figure to house and feed this 1 useless person while the average household income is way fucking less.

        Chris said:
        February 20, 2013 at 8:27 AM

        Actually that's the average rate of a inmate, not someone on death row. Death row costs the state roughly 30-40 million per inmate. For example, Maryland has only executed 5 people since 1978, but has spent 186 million just on those 5(37.2 million per person). The death penalty is not cheap.

    Brian Stripling said:
    February 19, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Justice delayed is justice denied

    Mare said:
    February 19, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    You guys are so trifiling talking about a human being that way. Yes his crime was unspeakable but let God punish him for his sins. Man cannot judge. By taking his life we are still talking a human life that could be avoided. To say such things is just barbaric and ignorant. Even if your pro death penalty those type of comments are just inexcusable. And the people who like them just as horrible.

      Robyn said:
      February 19, 2013 at 11:58 PM

      A society has every right to rid itself of such threats to the community. I can judge that what Nathan Dunlap did to those 4 innocent people was wrong. He knew it was wrong. It's not barbaric or ignorant. Mr. Dunlap gave up his rights when he pulled the trigger and destroyed four lives and the families of those victims. That is a debt that can never be repaid. God will also punish him but we have laws here on Earth that must be followed to maintain society. He is a lesser human being for what he did and he needs to pay the price to the community, a community in which I live, by the way.

      Justice said:
      February 20, 2013 at 12:17 AM

      You can htake comfort in the notion that he will be punished by your god… His swift and all too merciful execution will deliver him there faster, even if it happens to be 20 years overdue!

        catherine said:
        February 20, 2013 at 9:27 AM

        I agree, I used to rake my children to that exact one in Aurora. They were saddened and frightened by this event:(.

      Anon said:
      February 20, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      God is too slow.

      Buck said:
      February 20, 2013 at 12:52 AM

      U r right God will judge for sins. But He also said to abide by the laws of the land that you are subject too. You may receive forgiveness from God but still pay the price for your crime under the law.

      MJ E said:
      February 20, 2013 at 1:02 AM

      Man absolutely can judge – what are you talking about? Why else would we have "commandments" in the Bible, or the Book of Deuteronomy, which is essentlally a book of laws. The Bible itself commands death for certain crimes. It also says "render unto Caesar what is Caesar's [man's law] and render unto God what is God's [eternal]." We cannot determine who God forgives or passes judgment on for eternity … which means that this man is subject to man's law and punishment while on earth – but that God Himself may forgive him, should he repent and ask for that forgiveness. But Mare, you are misguided when you so erroneously quote the Bible and put a blanket statement out there that "man cannot judge" – we are expressly commanded *to* judge.

      Meghan said:
      February 20, 2013 at 1:13 AM

      He murdered people. His doesn't deserve to live his life out now.

      CKDallas said:
      February 20, 2013 at 1:56 AM

      Mare. That 1.3 Million could have been put to use to feed/clothe people in need, pay for teachers to educate your children, build better roads for your commute to work, etc.
      His victims were not granted a stay.
      His victims were not granted a stay.
      His victims were not granted a stay.
      His victims were not granted a stay.

      dick said:
      February 20, 2013 at 1:57 AM

      shut up bitch god doesnt exist man does

      Justin said:
      February 20, 2013 at 2:00 AM

      Yes let God punish him for his sins, the sooner we kill him the sooner he can be judged! God is probably sitting around tapping his fingers thinking 'what's taking you wusses so long?'

      Amy said:
      February 20, 2013 at 3:23 AM

      Ever heard of a sociopath? What, God is going to run down here and protect us from the sociopaths who murder innocent people? GIVE ME A BREAK. Flip the switch already. Let him sort it out with his God. Barbaric would be setting him free on the streets to do it again, Ignorant would be paying to support the low life another 20 years. Flip the switch already!

      Godlessheathen said:
      February 20, 2013 at 3:32 AM

      There is NO GOD

      Buel said:
      February 20, 2013 at 5:05 AM

      We don't judge the person just the crime.We do have to live according to the laws of the land and if a person commits to what ever and brakes that law.He or she will be judged and punished but the great white thrown judgement is something different.

      dustin said:
      February 20, 2013 at 5:33 AM

      well then you sit there and you pay for his meals and you take care of him but you wouldnt be saying this if he killed your family member or someone that you know… So you pray for his soul to be replenished by the hands of god and I'll sit here and hope it hurts like hell when they put him down t
      like the coward that he is!! thank you have a good day

      dilbert said:
      February 20, 2013 at 6:47 AM

      GO TO HELL!!!

      Dan said:
      February 20, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      bring him to me ill do it

      Vikky said:
      February 20, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      Must be a democrat!!!

      Mareisstupid said:
      February 20, 2013 at 8:24 AM

      your a goddamn idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        bobbos said:
        February 20, 2013 at 9:13 AM

        I think you near "you're". Idiot. Now that you've had you lesson for today. I agree that "Mare" is an idiot too.
        MJ E stated the case VERY well.

        bobbos said:
        February 20, 2013 at 9:14 AM

        I think you MEAN "you're". and…"YOUR lesson" Damned auto correction!!! HAHAHahaha!

      polly said:
      February 20, 2013 at 8:30 AM

      and you are out of your mind…what if he slaughtered your family you moron???

      Jon said:
      February 20, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      capital punishment is in the Bible

      Bear said:
      February 20, 2013 at 8:37 AM

      God will judge his soul. The law judges his right to live. He lost that right when he shot those people.

      meta said:
      February 20, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      I agree with Mare. We as lowly humans have put to many to death for crimes they have not committedl
      Lets face it jail and death are not fixing any thing . the concept of capital pnishment and jail is making vengeful and angry not closer to happiness

        bobbos said:
        February 20, 2013 at 9:20 AM

        How can you possibly believe that? It will be the first execution in Colorado since 1995. In the meantime, how many innocent people have been murdered?? Heck of a ratio in favor of the murderers don't you think?
        This discussion isn't about executing someone who didn't do the crime. It's about a murderer who killed innocent teenagers and an adult and robbed them and their loved ones of being together for their lives.
        Wake up and look around!

      Bryon said:
      February 20, 2013 at 8:43 AM

      What if there is no God… What if all the talk of a higher being is just our way of dealing with our own mortality?? Then this crime would have gone unpunished. If God allows such a man to do such unspeakable crimes, why wouldnt god want us to deal with him??? Funny how we hide behind god when it comes time to punish but never look to god when the crime is happening. Bit of a double standard.

      Derp said:
      February 20, 2013 at 9:07 AM

      If god was going to punish him why didn't he fly down here on his magical unicorn and do it already? Oh that's right, he doesn't exist….. What's barbaric and ignorant is selectively believing in fairy tales written thousands of years ago…

      Nemo said:
      February 20, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      Mare I do not want a useless piece of sh*t left on this earth to possible cause another murder of an innocent person. This piece of Sh*t had his chance to live a respectable life, and he chose to take 4 innocent lives. Time for him to die. Live by God's and Man's Law's and you can live a long life. Break one of the most sacred of those laws and you should be put to death. Your a fool to think that it is O.K. to let this waste of flesh continue staying on this earth.

    annoymous said:
    February 19, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Mare you are correct, what they should've said was lets send him to God via electric chair so he can be judged tomorrow.

    amore said:
    February 19, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    he's been lucky to live another 20 yrs. Who kills people after being fired from chuckee cheese? he could've walked down the street to mcdonald's and gotten another job. I think you should volunteer for execution after you take one life, let alone 4.

    anoymous said:
    February 20, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Only God can judge him,no man!!

      bob said:
      February 20, 2013 at 3:38 AM

      ok then lets send him to god and let him be judged

      Concerned citizen said:
      February 20, 2013 at 8:00 AM

      Wasn’t he the judge and jury for the 4 lives that he took?

      judge dredd said:
      February 20, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      give it up bible boy. Any idiot could judge him. He killed 4 people.

      Nemo said:
      February 20, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      Anoymous , Then why do we bother to have any Laws ? Lets just do what ever we want to do ! So its O.K. for me to go on a Killing Spree just because I want to ? Maybe I should start at your house and kill you and your family and friends ? Is that O.K. ? Or do you think Man might not like that ? Think before your mouth is in gear !

    annoymous said:
    February 20, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    The Due Process Clause of America is a joke. The American Court can't even hold to their word.of not putting people on Death Row without allowing the defendant an adequate defense, especially if one is able to prove they're insane. And to the people that say let's kill this little b******, let's put you on the electric chair without a fair trial and see how you like it. Before you post unintellectual and judgmental comments you should realize that this case is more complex than what the story gives. Don't be so hasty to sentence a man to death because one day you may be in there place and the prosecutor will look upon this case and decide that the same decision should be made of your life.

      The Lone Fedora said:
      February 20, 2013 at 12:45 AM

      I will NEVER be in that place. I will NEVER kill someone. However, if by some circumstance I do, if it is not in self-defense, or defense of others, then I will deserve execution.

      JGM said:
      February 20, 2013 at 1:03 AM

      Insane or not, people like him are a threat to society. So before you try to sound noble and judgmental, put yourself in a real world scenario, what if one of your children, family members, and/or friends were one of the victims? You'd be singing a different tune.

      Meghan said:
      February 20, 2013 at 1:12 AM

      I'm not in line for the electric chair because I've never murdered anyone.

      gobills said:
      February 20, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      if he is so insane how does he know he was misrepresened in the first place. The mentally incompetent argument 99% is a joke. How much of a loser do you have to be to get so out of your mind crazy to kill someone, after being fired from a minimum wage job. I am REALLY!!!!!!

      nemo said:
      February 20, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      Annoymous WRONG YOU HORSES ASS ! This Piece of Sh*t decided to kill these people all on his own there is no complex case ! And for your information I don't Kill People so the likely hood of me going on trial or to the electric chair is a million to one ! So Again Fry the Bastard and watch him smoke away as his flesh falls of the bones.

      bobbos said:
      February 20, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      Hey idiot. It went all the way to the Supreme Court. It has been reviewed again and again and has COMPLETELY run it's course through the legal system under the scrutiny of MANY educated judges, attorneys, AND "jury of his peers". At which of these MANY stages of due process was he denied due process?
      He's HAD a fair trial (several).
      There is NOTHING "hasty" about this man being sentenced to death. So what's your point?
      If one day I WAS there (God forbid), and I had done these same crimes, I would EXPECT a prosecutor to make the same decision about my life. It's what they do as representatives of the people.
      Now call me unintellectual and judgmental.

    Milaniyah said:
    February 20, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Oh yeah! Go kill people because you got fired, great way to get your job back!

      Rick said:
      February 20, 2013 at 12:23 AM

      I think this is what the guy/gal above you was talking about when he said don't post unintellectual and judgmental comments. Assumptions using chain logic is a fallacy. You don't know his motive to kill and thus you assume it was because he got fired. Thus you've committed a fallacy.

    David said:
    February 20, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    heres a thought, what if God forgives him?

      The Lone Fedora said:
      February 20, 2013 at 12:46 AM

      That's up to God, not me. As a society we cannot let someone murder four other people and not suffer the ultimate penalty.

      MJ E said:
      February 20, 2013 at 1:07 AM

      God is free to forgive him. God says that whoever repents of their sins and asks for forigiveness, He is just and merciful to forgive. He still has a debt to pay here on earth. I used to be an ardent death penalty proponent up until about the last 5 years. And, the only reason I am reluctant to condemn someone to death is the true and real fear that an innocent person could be sentenced to death in our imperfect system, and I'm not willing to sacrifice one innocent for the just punishment of 100 … our system is imperfect, but God's isnt…

    josh gaspra said:
    February 20, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Hey check it out:

    This is a true good hearted young fellow.

    Dan said:
    February 20, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Hopefully Holmes is next.

    Gabriel said:
    February 20, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    He shot 5 people. One person survived. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was my freshman year in Highschool. 20 years of my life have been lived. So have Nathans. He doesnt deserve to have 20 years of memories, no matter how bland & simple they are. He took 80 years of memories away from family & friends.half of his life has been spent behind bars. A night of his life will be spent with these families.execution is justified. Ipray for his soul but his body has waisted enough of my time thoughts & money. This is the same city that had the Movie theatre tragedy. I pray those families dont have to wait 20 years.

      Maverick said:
      February 20, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      Liberals now control the House and the Senate in Colorado. They are in the process of passing laws to restrict the use of firearms in the wake of the theater shooting. After making it harder for law abiding citizens to carry firearms for their protection, these same clowns will fight tooth and nail to protect the civil rights of Dunlap & Holmes. This is all done on our tax dollars.

    JON said:
    February 20, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    ok we know that he killed 4 humans but that don’t mean to kill him just think you punishing him for killing and you all are going and doing the same crime he did so who is going to kill you all for killing him if its so wrong just cause he killed someone don’t mean kill him. LET GOD TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEMS

      NoEsMeProblema said:
      February 20, 2013 at 8:08 AM

      The sooner he gets to God, the sooner the Judging begins

      bobbos said:
      February 20, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      Sure. Let GOD TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEMS. Follow that line of thinking and we shouldn't ANY laws! Let GOD take care of people driving too fast and running red lights. Let GOD take care of the people stealing from others, from robbing at gunpoint, and all other crimes. And finally, let GOD take care of people who murder in cold blood. We'll just sit back and watch him work.
      Great, deep, thinking.

    fuckyou fienstein said:
    February 20, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    They should take those sentence to death right out of the court room where the sentence is handed down and out to the courthouse steps to be shot. No appeals at all. From gavel to shot in the head by the bailiff. Simple.

      MJ E said:
      February 20, 2013 at 1:09 AM

      If our system was perfect and if no one was ever unjustly accused or convicted, I'd be there with you.

    michsignman said:
    February 20, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    He is guilty, fry him…. god judged him, and sentenced him to death also. If god was doing his job, the murderer would have died at birth, and there would be peace on earth….

    michael said:
    February 20, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    kill the bitch thats a famiy place!!!!!

    drlove755 said:
    February 20, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    this is so sad that people of this world has more hate than love of life : you speak of this young man at time he did this act like he was a monster; but instead of looking at the truth no one speak of how the indians were killing for gold, there land then you have the slaves that where hung in the streets and who put this world on trial you where born to die in this life but god didnt say how. but i pray that it wont be something horrorable

      kman said:
      February 20, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      You are an ignorant, illiterate fool.

        Maverick said:
        February 20, 2013 at 9:19 AM

        It sounds like Dunlap in your opinion a VICTIM? 19 years old and you are saying he was this YOUNG man at the time? At what age are you to learn right from wrong? 26? ObamaCare considers you to become an adult at the same age. The problem with a Progressive(LIBERAL) is they alway protect the rights of a killer and claim that the murderer is a victim.

      bobbos said:
      February 20, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      He was a monster too kill 4 people. How simple is that? Playing the Indian and slave cards is irrelevant to the conversation.

    Bugsmomma said:
    February 20, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    God is the One who instituted capital punishment: “Whoever sheds man's blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made man” (Genesis 9:6). Jesus would support capital punishment in some instances. Jesus also demonstrated grace when capital punishment was due (John 8:1-11). The apostle Paul definitely recognized the power of the government to institute capital punishment where appropriate (Romans 13:1-7).

    Kill the bastard!!!

      valerie said:
      February 20, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      Thank you, you are correct. Just came across these passages myself in bible study. It is written. However, I believe they meant for the punishment to served in a much more timely manner.

    reversalmushroom said:
    February 20, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    Mental instability should not be an excuse.

    You are stupid said:
    February 20, 2013 at 5:08 AM

    There's alot of fucking mental instability in this room.

    Eric Budders said:
    February 20, 2013 at 5:52 AM

    Give the guy a break……….. I would be pissed if I losst my job at Check E. Cheese too..
    I heard they have great benefits, not to mention their 401k plan.

      judge dredd said:
      February 20, 2013 at 8:41 AM

      LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! u would be pissed if u lost a job at chuck e cheese? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hope ur f'ing joking

    Ethan Eastman said:
    February 20, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    I think the problem here is lack of responsibility. We are becoming a society that accepts mediocrity, makes excuses for bad choices, and pampers those that do wrong. The bible says give unto God what is Gods, and give unto Caesar what is Caesars. Christians too are required to obey government laws. Therefore MAN does have the RIGHT and RESPONSIBILITY to judge one another in a court of law. I strongly feel that any person who commits a violent crime has given up there basic human right to share life with those they harm! Murderers, rapists, those who attack others, and threaten with death or violent force are acting inhuman, and therefore, are not human in my book. The only problem with capital punishment is that it is not acted upon more swiftly..

      Juanita Mckenzie said:
      February 20, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      What's with all the talk about god ? Capital punishment is a law made by man. God had nothing to do with it. If there is a god why does he let this kind of horrible thing happen in the first place ? Religion, god is all just a fairy tale thousands of years old. People believe due to tradition. If your parents and family hadn't instilled in you the concept of god and going to church etc . . you probably wouldn't believe in it today. Odds are you're in to the same organized religion as your parents and family. Most of it is due to tradition. Have an intelligent conversation on your own and leave out the pie in the sky crap.

    mr neptune said:
    February 20, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    if your going with god and the bible then u must understand that it says "do on to others as you want done to you". he killed so he must be killed. its too bad that he cant be killed 4 times.

      Polly said:
      February 20, 2013 at 8:25 AM

      Thumbs up for you :)

    David said:
    February 20, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    There are 4 people that can never spend time with their familes. 4 People that never got a 2nd 3rd 4th chance to reclaim there life. Yet the one who took their life has spent nore time in jail than 3 of his victims had to live their life. He can see his family get visits and keeps getting more chances to get out when is it to much

      Kendal said:
      February 20, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      I agree with you, 100% these people have lost there family due this this mans actions and now he has to pay the consequences for most people they really don't understand the full effect that this goes into they just say "well this man is innocent" or "let him be" or even "he dosent deserve this" well put yourself in this position how would you feel if this was your family how would you feel about it and I know that in the bible it says "Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive." or something similar but most people aren't always going to be so forgiving when things like this happen.

    kman said:
    February 20, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    At least the families will get some small measure of justice after 20 years. His accomplices need to be next, and soon. The best thing society gains from this will be the reduction in CO2 emissions.

    Craig said:
    February 20, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    We need to go back to hangings on the couthouse lawn, than maybe people just might think before they kill, rape, molest a child. Kill the bastard and broadcast it on cable for all to see.

    renkengrl said:
    February 20, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Let me tell you, people always use mental stability as an excuse to do whatever they want. I have bipolar with sever anxiety and mood diorder. However I know going out a shooting up a bunch of people is wrong. If people are that unstable they need to find homes for them and keep them away from the public and help them to get to a point they can function.. Just one thought!

    Polly said:
    February 20, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    I say FRY HIM

    steven moore said:
    February 20, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    I only wish politicians and judges would read these comments. They need to see that the majority of people want killers like this taken out of are society for good. the death penalty should be enforced more often and much faster.

    Unknown said:
    February 20, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Many of you have said "Let God judge h/im, not man" "Don't kill him, let God pass judgement". MATTHEW 7:1-5 is a passage in the Bible which talks about judging others. Most people only quote Mattheew 7:1 but read the other 4 verses. Mark 12:16-17 talk about what is to be done when having to decide which way to go. Give to the goverment what they ask for and give to God what He deserves. Its not just about money.

    The crime which was committed in 1993 was very bad and for no other reason then that he lost his job. Did that give him the righ to kill 4 others? The courts were established for the passing of man's judgement for breaking man's laws. If a life sentence is passed then the convicted person stays in prison for the rest of their life. If a death sentence is passed it should be carried out as swiftly as possible. Our laws about the death penalty allows for 1 automatic appeal. So if the courts pass a sentence of death the
    n after the automatic appeal, no more time should be given to keep the appeals going.

    ray said:
    February 20, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    I think Mare should have have her throat slit the same time we burn the Aurora killer live at the stake and feed them both to wild hyenas.

    annoymous said:
    February 20, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    He got 20 years longer to live then he allowed the 4 people he murdered

    anti-media said:
    February 20, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    People still using "God" to justify what he did as "ok" – You're right, the bible speaks of people not judging and by you telling me not to judge and me being so barbaric- what's that called? Oh wait- i guess that's not judging me, it's…it's….preaching. When you see god, ask IT what IT really thinks, until then read your bible and believe it to the fullest. All the rotten b.s. that was obviously added by man. GJ on failing as a person with morals and a human being in general. Honestly- he should of been shot instead of arrested, I bet if there was facebook/myspace back then and he mentioned hurting cops they would torched chuckey cheese with him inside it still. -1 for the united states justice system. Dorhner didn't even get 20 days, this guy gets 20 years…

    Dewayne said:
    February 20, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    When do we start cleaning up Supreme Court and goverment.

    Everette said:
    February 20, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    All people who kill other people should be killed themselves. NO EXCUSES. Especially mental.

    Mare said:
    February 20, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Yall are all fuckin dumb sons of bitches assholes and I hope yall rot in hell to. Cause your evil and dont care about human life. Your just as bad as the killer.

    hoodie said:
    February 21, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    how do you get mad about getting fired from a dump like chuckye anyways?

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