What the Denver DA primary result means for the death penalty

9NEWS at 9 p.m. 06/28/16.

DENVER - The Mile High City could be done with the death penalty.

That’s because State Rep. Beth McCann will be the Democratic nominee for Denver district attorney to replace term-limited Mitch Morrissey.

She has said she will not seek the death penalty in cases prosecuted by her office. This comes less than a year after a Denver jury declined to sentence a man who death who was convicted of stabbing five people to death in a Denver bar before setting it on fire. 

There’s no Republican challenger in the general election, but chief deputy DA Helen Morgan is running as an independent. She was endorsed by the Denver Police Protective Assocation and has reportedly said since the death penalty is the law, she would uphold it.

University of Colorado board member Michael Carrigan came in second in the Democratic primary. He conceded to McCann Tuesday night. Kenneth Boyd, who received an endorsement from Morrissey, is a distant third.

The other contested DA race in the Denver metro area is in Adams County between incumbent Dave Young and his former employee, Caryn Datz. The winner of this primary will face Republican Molly Jansen in November.

Datz and two other people resigned from Young’s office in 2013. The county paid them a $250,000 settlement.

Young’s office refused to say why until 9NEWS obtained a resignation letter from one of the workers accusing Young of gender discrimination.

Editor's note: This article was updated to reflect the candidacy of Helen Morgan in the race for Denver DA.

 

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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