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Colorado may refer to last execution in Dunlap case

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KUSA - Most people will never get the chance to watch an execution, many don't want to.

Families of some of those murdered by Nathan Dunlap at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in Aurora have been waiting for an execution date for nearly 20 years.

Wednesday, Chief Judge William Sylvester set an execution week for Dunlap Aug. 18-24.

The last time Colorado executed a man was Oct. 13, 1997. Gary Davis was the first and only man to die by lethal injection.

In 1997, former 9Wants to Know reporter Paula Woodward followed Davis during his last day.

Davis wanted Woodward and 9NEWS there because he wanted to tell his story and to give a message to his victim's family.

"I'm very sorry. It's hard to look at you even through the camera here," Davis said, as he apologized to his victim's family. "I don't feel I have the right to even look at you this way. I'm so sorry for what I've done to you, what I've done to your family."

Ten years earlier, Davis kidnapped his neighbor, Virginia May, raped and shot her 14 times with a rifle.

In 1997, 9NEWS reporter, now NBC correspondent, Tom Costello went inside the Colorado State Penitentiary in Canon City to see the newly built death chamber.

In 1997, Davis was the first man in 30 years to be put to death in the state.

A team of people administering the drugs are volunteers. They'll be standing behind a one way mirror.

The DOC won't say how many will volunteer for Dunlap, if he makes it that far, and what drugs will be administered.

In 1997, it took less than a minute for the execution to be completed.

What, if anything, happens there in 2013 remains to be seen. It's still months away. It's up to the governor to either sign the death warrant or grant clemency.

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