A Denver man has been found guilty of using an AK-47 to kill a woman walking her dog
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DENVER — A man accused of using an AK-47 to kill a woman and wound her boyfriend while they were walking their dog was found guilty of first-degree murder and attempted murder Thursday.
Prosecutors allege that Michael Close, 38, engaged in “an exchange” with Isabella Thallas, 21, and Darian Simon while their dog was encouraging him to relieve himself outside Close’s home near Coors Field on June 10. 2020.
Close pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity but a jury concluded he knew what he was doing when he opened fire, The Denver Post reported.
Close yelled through the couple’s window urging the dog to “give up” before finding an AK-47, which he took from his friend, a Denver police sergeant. Prosecutors said he fired 24 times.
Close’s public defender, Sonja Prins, said Close had suffered a mental breakdown, saying his abusive childhood, high unemployment, separation and the spread of Covid-19 had contributed to his poor mental health. shooting time.
Close wept when the verdict was read, as did members of the Thallas family.
Thallas’ mother, Anna Thallas, said she felt numb.
“We have been waiting 2½ years for this day, and what happened there was going on… so quickly my daughter was slaughtered,” she said through tears. “And our lives changed forever.”
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