Denver man used AK-47 to kill woman walking dog with her boyfriend. Jury convicts him of murder

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

Jurors found Michael Close, 38, got into an argument with Isabella Thallas, 21, and Darian Simon as they encouraged their dog to relieve itself outside Close’s Denver Ball park-area apartment June 10, 2020.

During the trial, prosecutors told jurors Close yelled out the window at the couple as they urged the dog to “go potty” before grabbing the gun, he took from a friend – a Denver police sergeant.

Prosecutors said he fired 24 times. Thallas was hit in the back and died instantly; Simon, 29, was shot twice. He ran from the scene until he collapsed not far away.

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