The Seattle Times reported this morning that a young man has been jailed in Kent, suspected of being the killer in a high-profile Halloween slaying of a former local high school football star, while today’s on-line Seattle Post-Intelligencer tells us about a Bellevue man charged with assault related to an argument he had over – are you sitting down? – dog poop on his lawn.
Not exactly the kind of stories that make for a Merry Christmas, but on the other hand, if people behaved better we wouldn’t need cops and newspapers and this column would be far less interesting.
The murder suspect is identified as Jorge Luis Lizarraga. He’s being held on $1.5 million bail in the slaying of Devin Topps, who was a Kentridge High School football star. If Lizarraga pulled the trigger, he’s a coward. Topps was shot in the back after essentially winning a fistfight with one of several party-crashers. Lizarraga was apparently another of those uninvited guests. According to the Times story, after the fistfight, Topps turned his back and somebody drew a handgun, firing several rounds from close range. He died at the scene.
A month before Topps was killed, a King County Superior Court judge issued a warrant for Lizarraga’s arrest after he failed to show up in court on charges related to his May arrest in Federal Way for investigation of car theft and possessing methamphetamines and marijuana, according to court records.—Seattle Times
The pistol so far has only been identified as having been made in Germany, with a magazine that was stamped “Law Enforcement,” which may or may not mean it is a stolen police weapon. During the Clinton semi-auto ban years, full-capacity magazines that carried more than ten rounds were stamped with that designation, meaning they could not be sold commercially to private citizens. It is now legal to own those magazines because there is no longer a ban. The .40-caliber pistol is being traced. It is also quite possible that at some point, the pistol was legally sold as surplus to a federal firearms dealer, who subsequently sold it to a third party.
Lizarraga is what many cops call “a model citizen.” He was wanted for failure to appear on auto theft and drug charges filed in May relating to his arrest in Federal Way. He is also reportedly facing domestic violence charges. He is only 20 years old, which would make him guilty of carrying a concealed handgun without a license. You can’t get a CPL in this state until you are 21. Even if he were 21, if he was facing a domestic violence beef, he couldn’t have a gun. Since he was wanted on a felony warrant, he could not have a gun. If he turns out to be the killer, Mr. Lizarraga will become a walking testament to the failure of gun control laws.
MEANWHILE, we leap from alleged murder to apparent monumental stupidity in the case of a Bellevue man identified as Igor S. Kouzminykh. Back on Dec. 12, he allegedly argued with a neighbor after the neighbor’s dog left a pile on Kouzminykh’s lawn.
Unlike typical neighborhood disputes of this nature, which can best be settled over a cup of coffee or a shot of Scotch, this story took a turn due South when the neighbors told Bellevue police that they had come home to find dog manure smeared on their front door, according to the Post-Intelligencer’s account.
Kouzminykh told police he’d been in an argument with his neighbors about their dog leaving its leavings on his lawn…He denied brandishing a pistol.—Seattle Post-Intelligencer
It gets worse, because the argument allegedly included a moment when Kouzminykh brandished a handgun after the neighbors went to ask him about the foul door decoration. He has denied the brandishing accusation.
The report said Kouzminykh asserted that the neighbors know he owns guns and they are trying to frame him. Police reportedly confiscated two guns after a search of his car and home.
AND FINALLY, as noted by this column Tuesday, New Jersey resident Brian Aitken is out of prison in the Garden State, where he has been victimized by a Draconian gun law and quite possibly by an anti-gun judge who was not reappointed to the bench by Gov. Chris Christie, who gave Aitken clemency this week.
Aitken and his girlfriend appeared this morning on Fox & Friends, where he confirmed that he will seek to have his conviction erased. This column initially reported Aitken’s plight here.
What really needs to disappear is New Jersey’s gun control law. When the law can imprison someone who legally purchased a firearm in one state and brings it with him to his new home in another state, the law is wrong. Perhaps this will serve as a wake-up call to Garden State residents, and citizens elsewhere about the abusive nature of restrictive gun control.
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