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December 18, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Guilty verdict in slaying of star Kentridge High athlete in 2010

A King County jury has convicted a Burien man in the shooting death of former Kentridge High School football player Devon Topps at a Halloween party in 2010.

The superior court jury on Tuesday found Jorge Lizarraga guilty of second-degree murder with a firearms enhancement, as well as burglary, theft of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, and two firearms violations. Lizarraga will face a sentence range of about 29 to 38 years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 31, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Topps, 18, was fatally shot outside a Kent home after leaving a Halloween party at about 2 a.m. Oct. 31, 2010. According to court documents, bullets found at the scene were matched by the Washington State Patrol Crime lab to a gun found in Lizarraga’s motel room.

Police at the time said Topps was shot by one of a group of men who had just arrived at the party in a truck. Topps was not armed, police said.

Topps, who was termed a “standout player” by Marty Osborn, the head football coach at Kentridge, played for the school’s freshman team his first year and became a varsity starter as linebacker and running back in his sophomore and junior years.

Topps was a top college recruit with the potential to be a Pac-10 conference football player, but he suffered a knee injury in the third game of his senior season in 2009 and had academic issues, Osborn said.

Topps signed a letter of intent to play football at Eastern Washington University, where he had been offered a full scholarship but he didn’t enroll in the fall 0f 2010 because of lingering academic issues at Kentridge, Osborn said.

He’d planned to start winter quarter as a late enrollee, Osborn said.

Topps also played basketball at Kentridge.

Lizarraga, 23, has a criminal history that includes 15 convictions and six felonies.

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