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GOP renews death-penalty attacks on Hickenlooper

DENVER - Colorado Republicans are unleashing another round of criticism against Gov. John Hickenlooper and his stance against capital punishment.

Republicans are hoping to paint the Democrat as indecisive on the issue leading up to November's election. The latest attacks come after a weekend interview with KDVR-TV during which Hickenlooper says he opposes the death penalty. Last year, he upset many by granting an indefinite stay of execution to Nathan Dunlap, who was convicted of murder for the 1993 deaths of four people at an Aurora Chuck E. Cheese.
Hickenlooper says in the interview that he's been a lifelong supporter of the death penalty, but that he's changed his mind recently because it's expensive and not a deterrent.
Republican Bob Beauprez, Hickenlooper's opponent, says Hickenlooper's decision regarding Dunlap leaves the matter unresolved.

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