Burien man convicted in 2010 Halloween shooting death in Kent


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A jury has convicted Jorge L. Lizarraga, 23, of Burien, in the shooting death of Devin Topps, 18, at a Halloween party in Kent in 2010.

The jury returned its verdict Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 17), finding Lizarraga guilty as charged of Murder in the Second Degree with a Firearm Enhancement.

Police say that Lizarraga shot the victim in the back after a dispute at the party.

As we previously reported:

Lizarraga was with a group of young men gathered in the home’s driveway, and that he shot Topps after firing a pistol into the air. Topps was a top recruit for Eastern Washington University’s football program.

Detectives say that witnesses claim that Topps got in a fight with another man just prior to the fatal shooting. That fight was apparently continuing when Lizarraga came up and shot Topps in the back.

Police later searched Lizarraga’s motel room, where they found two pistols, and one, a 9mm gun stolen in a burglary four days before the Topps shooting, was determined to be the murder weapon.

The jury also returned guilty verdicts on several other charges, including Residential Burglary, Theft of a Firearm, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and two counts of Violation of the Uniformed Firearms Act First Degree.

The defendant will face a sentence range of about 29 to 38 years in prison when he is sentenced on January 31 at the Maleng Regional Justice Center.

The case was handled by Senior DPA Jessica Berliner and DPA Jerry Taylor.

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