A Denver man acquitted in the Denver District Court for killing a 21-year-old woman and shooting her boyfriend during a dispute over where the dog was excreting.
Michael Close, 37, has been charged with murdering Isabella Taras on June 10th outside his ballpark neighbourhood home on North Fox Street. He was accused of firing at least 24 shots from a high-powered, semi-automatic rifle from his apartment in Taras, and her boyfriend, Darian Simon, was shot twice but survived.
Crows used a gun he took from Denver police officer Sgt. His friend Dan Politika, the police said. According to police, the rifle was a sergeant’s personal gun and was taken without his knowledge.
At a November preliminary hearing, homicide investigator Joseph Trujillo said authorities found six shell casings inside Close’s apartment and 18 others outside his window.
Before opening fire, Close allegedly yelled at the couple after their dog defecated in a rock garden outside his apartment, according to Trujillo.
“Are you going to train that f—— dog or just yell at it?” Close reportedly yelled from his window.
Crows virtually appeared due to his arraignment from prison and spoke little during his appearance on Monday. Most of his face was hidden behind the mask.
He is now being examined for his sanity court order. There, experts consider whether his mental state during shooting qualifies him for crazy defence.