Denver man convicted of murdering woman walking dog with AK-47

A Colorado man accused of using an AK-47 to kill a woman and injure her boyfriend while they were walking their dog has been convicted of first degree murder and attempted murder.

Jurors found Michael Close, 38, had an argument with Isabella Thallas, 21, and Darian Simon as they encouraged their dog to relieve himself outside Close’s Denver Ball Park apartment on June 10, 2020.

During the trial, prosecutors told jurors Close shouted out the window at the couple as they urged the dog to ‘potty’ before grabbing the gun he had taken from a friend – a sergeant from the Denver police.

Prosecutors said he fired 24 times. Thallas was shot in the back and died instantly; Simon, 29, was shot twice. He fled the scene until he collapsed nearby.




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