US man convicted of killing woman walking her dog with AK-47

A man accused of killing a woman with an AK-47 and injuring her boyfriend while they were walking her dog has been convicted of first-degree murder and attempted murder.

Prosecutors alleged Michael Close, 38, engaged in a “verbal exchange” with Isabella Thallas, 21, and Darian Simon when they encouraged their dog to walk outside Close’s home near Coors Field in Denver on June 10, 2020. USA to defecate.

Close had pleaded not guilty to a plea of ​​insanity, but the jury concluded he knew what he was doing when he opened fire, the Denver Post reported.

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Close yelled at the couple from the window as they told the dog to “go potty” before being given the AK-47 he had taken from a friend who was a Denver police sergeant.

Prosecutors said he fired 24 times.

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Close’s public defender Sonja Prins said Close suffered a nervous breakdown and said an abusive childhood, a series of job losses, a breakup and the COVID-19 pandemic all contributed to his poor mental health at the time of the shooting.

Close wept when the verdict was read, as did members of Thallas’ family.

Thallas’ mother Anna said she felt numb.

“We’ve waited two and a half years for this day and what happened there just passed…almost as quickly as my daughter was slaughtered,” she said through tears.

“And our lives have been changed forever.”

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James Brien

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