On February 26, just days before the United States reported its first death from Covid-19, the Colorado General Assembly passed a bipartisan bill abolishing the death penalty.
The statute banned the death penalty for any capital crimes charged after July 2020, meaning that current cases remained fair game.
District Attorney Dave Young, an outspoken opponent of the abolition bill, had announced that he would seek the death penalty.
“Nothing surprises me anymore,” she said of Young’s decision to charge forward with a death penalty trial.
Still, elsewhere in Colorado, prosecutors are still looking to have the last word on the death penalty.

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