A former Colorado soldier has been found guilty in the love triangle shooting death of a fellow serviceman who prosecutors say he found half-naked with his wife, according to a new report.
Isaiah Towns, 20, who was stationed at Fort Carson near Colorado Springs, was found guilty Monday of felony reckless manslaughter and felony menacing in the 2018 death of Shakir Cook-Troynel, 23, KRDO reported.
Troynel died from a gunshot to the chest in the early morning hours of Nov. 18 that year, according to the report.
In a 911 call played in court last week, Towns told dispatchers someone broke into his apartment, shot a man and left. He gives the wrong street number at first before confirming the correct address, the station reported.
But it took hours before Towns admitted he was the one who had shot Troynel, according to the report.
Troynel and Towns’ wife were previously in a relationship and had a child together, according to the report.
The morning of the shooting, Towns’ wife had asked him for a divorce — a month after they tied the knot.
Defense lawyers argue the two men were at the same party that night when a friend told Towns that Troynel said he was leaving to go have sex, according to the report.
Towns reportedly hitched a ride back home with that friend — and found Troynel undressed with his wife.
That’s when Towns’ defense says he pulled out his gun — meant as intimidation — but his wife fought back, grabbing his hand that held the gun, the station reported. One shot was fired, striking Troynel.
“It wasn’t supposed to happen like this,” the defense team said. “This was supposed to be a scare tactic.”
But prosecutors argue Towns was in complete control and aware of what he was doing.
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