Michael Close guilty in AK-47 killing of Isabella Thallas in Denver


Isabella Thallas in 2017. (Photo via Ana Thallas)
Isabella Thallas in 2017. (Photo via Ana Thallas)

A Denver man who used an AK-47 to kill a woman and wound a man while the couple was walking their dog near Coors Field was found guilty of first-degree murder Thursday.

Michael Close, 38, knew what he was doing when he killed Isabella Thallas, 21, and twice shot her boyfriend, Darian Simon, on June 10, 2020, as they encouraged their dog to defecate outside Close’s apartment near Coors Field, the jury concluded.

Close had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

The jury also convicted him of attempted murder and assault. Close sat with his head bowed and cried while the verdict was read.

The jury deliberated for a few hours Wednesday afternoon and into Thursday before one juror was excused and an alternate juror seated. Deliberations then started over at about 11:15 a.m Thursday and ended around 2 p.m.


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