Four people died at the scene after the Chuck E. Cheese killer opened fire on them in 1993, but one victim lived, and positively identified Nathan Dunlap as the shooter. Since his 1996 conviction, Dunlap has been fighting to overturn the death penalty sentence he received.
Those who died in the massacre were Sylvia Crowell, 19, Benjamin Grant, 17, Margaret Kohlberg, 50 and Colleen O’Connor, 17. Bobby Stephens survived and identified the gunman as Dunlap, who was a former employee at the Aurora, Colorado Chuck E. Cheese location.
The Colorado Supreme Court rejected Dunlap's claim that his legal defense was ineffective. This is the second time that the Court has upheld his conviction or dismissed his appeal.
The Court said,
"We dissolve the stay of execution and remand this case back to the trial court to set a date for imposition of the death sentence."
It seems that the Chuck E. Cheese killer is out of options in Colorado, and if he is executed, his execution will be the state's first in over two decades. His lawyer intends to take the case federal. Meanwhile, the victims' families continue to suffer as this sentence continues to be delayed.