Two Teens Accused Of Veteran's Murder Now Facing Additional Charges


Two teenagers accused in the Feb. 5 killing of an Iraq War veteran in Hoover, Alabama are now also facing robbery charges in Pelham, Alabama.

Charleston Wells, 16, and Ahmad Johnson, 17, have been charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree property theft in relation to a Jan. 1 incident, WBRC reports.

Police in Pelham said the thefts occurred in a subdivision where the two suspects were searching for unlocked vehicles in the neighborhood.

Wells faced a bond hearing during the week of Feb. 7 concerning the death of Mike Gilotti, an Iraq War veteran who was shot and killed in front of his home on Feb. 5, WBRC reports.

During that bond hearing, Jefferson County district attorney Bill Veitch said the two suspects were in a stolen Chevrolet Silverado and pulled their guns on a man sitting in his car outside of his house. Wells and Johnson stole the man's money and cell phone, according to authorities.

In addition, a prosecutor in the case said four unlocked cars had been broken into, and a Toyota Tacoma was reported stolen on Dec. 28, 2015 in Trussville, Alabama, according to WBRC.

The teens have been charged as adults and face a $250,000 bond for the robbery charges and $5,000 for the property theft charges.

In Johnson's bond hearing, assistant district attorney Lane Tolbert said, “You heard the evidence from Mr. Wells’ hearing. In Shelby County they have a $250,000 bond for armed robbery. They’re suspects in Fultondale. It all started in Trussville and ended here.”

Sources: WBRC (2) / Photo credit: Hoover PD via WBRC

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