A Denver man who was wearing clown makeup and razor gloves when he stabbed a homeless man to death has been found guilty of murder.
Christian Gulzow, 37, was convicted Monday of second-degree murder after a speedy four-day trial. He faces up to 48 years in prison, according to Denver District Attorney Beth McCann. He was initially charged with first-degree murder and it's unclear why the charge changed.
Gulzow stabbed and killed Brian Lucero, 29, in the parking lot of Denver restaurant, Torchy’s Tacos, in May 2017. Lucero was found unresponsive with a stab wound in his neck and died on the scene, McCann said in a statement.
Witnesses told investigators that the suspect was wearing a black-and-white face makeup and at one point began threatened Lucero with a glove that had 2-to-3 inch blades attached to each finger, according to a probable cause statement.
Gulzow told police that he and Lucero were arguing when the man told him to “get out of my alley.” He also said Lucero attacked him first and stole his scooter.
But witnesses who spoke with police saw a different scene, saying they observed Gulzow lunging at his victim with the claw gloves. Witnesses then said they saw Gulzow yelling at his victim and following him into the alley.
After the two entered the parking lot, witnesses were no longer able to see what had happened, police said in a statement of probable cause.
Gulzow fled the scene on his scooter, but was apprehended by police soon after. Police recovered a bloody knife and said Gulzow was covered in blood at the time of his arrest.
Friends and family of Guzlow told the Denver Post that he was a troubled man who often shared dark opinions on Facebook.
In one of his Facebook posts, Gulzow wrote, "I like sudden death moments when you almost just died and made it out alive.”
According to Guzlow’s Facebook profile, where his name was Christöf Gülzowprüzenstein, he was a musician and claimed to work as a “2nd amendment spokesman” at the Second Amendment Foundation.
Gulzow worked at a local pizzeria and lived with his mother and son, the Post reported.
He will appear in court again August 10 for sentencing.
[Photo: Denver Police Department]