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History of Capital Punishment in Colorado
The first person to be executed by the State of Colorado was convicted murderer Noverto Griego in 1890. Executions were performed by hanging until 1933, after which capital punishment was administered by the gas chamber until 1967.
A total of 77 executions were performed between 1890 and 1967. Subsequently thereto, the death penalty was declared unconstitutional in 1972 by the United States Supreme Court in Furman v. Georgia. That case was overturned by the Supreme Court in the case of Gregg v. Georgia in 1976, and based on that precedential decision, the Colorado General Assembly revised the statutes to reinstate the death penalty for capital crimes in 1984.
On October 13, 1997, 53-year-old Gary Lee Davis was the state’s first execution in 30 years and the first to be executed by the current method of capital punishment, lethal injection.
Information on capital punishment in Colorado provided by the Department of Corrections Office of Public Affairs. For more information, please contact the Public Information Officer at (719) 226-4719 or send an e-mail to Office of Public Affairs