From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
Ahmad Johnson, a 19-year-old who was charged in the murder of a veteran named Mike Gilloti in 2016, was found not guilty after a two-week trial, according to AL.com.
Johnson was among three others charged in the crime. One, Charleston Wells, was acquitted in 2017, while another, De’Ron Lucas, awaits a trial date. Of the four charged, one is an unidentified teenager seeking youthful offender status. According to the report, the four were part of a Bessemer gang called “M-tre” that allegedly committed a series of crimes, starting in St. Clair County in 2015.
On Jan. 5, 2016, Gilloti, who was 33 and an army veteran, was killed when leaving his Lake Cyrus home for the YMCA. He died on the doorway of the home where his wife and two sons were that day. Gilotti had been a State Farm employee and was an army tank commander in Iraq.
Johnson’s defense attorneys argued that there was no evidence of him being in Lake Cyrus. The unidentified teen testified that they had all been there that day and that Johnson approached Gilotti with Wells and was armed. He said that Wells shot Gilloti.