DENVER — A man accused of killing his mother’s boyfriend following a fight in Denver’s Sunnyside neighborhood last year has been convicted of murder, according to a release from the Denver District Attorney’s Office.
Elizario Herrera, 33, was found guilty of second-degree murder on Thursday following a four-day jury trial in Denver District Court. He was originally charged with first-degree murder in the case.
On July 11, 2017, Herrera and the victim, Michael Lanford, 55, got into a fight in the backyard of a home located at 40th Avenue and Shoshone Street in northwest Denver.
Investigators say Lanford was struck with a sharp object in his upper left arm, which caused him to bleed heavily. He left the backyard and died on a nearby sidewalk down the street.
Herrera was arrested a few days later on suspicion of first-degree murder.
He has an extensive arrest history in Colorado that includes assault, menacing, resisting arrest, assault on a peace officer and sexual assault, according to court documents.
Herrera is scheduled to be sentenced on January 14, 2019.