CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A jury has convicted two Tennessee men charged with killing a Fort Campbell solder who was giving them a ride home.
The Leaf-Chronicle (http://leafne.ws/1bvz3Mj) reports that jurors in Montgomery County returned Thursday with the verdict against 19-year-old Giovanne Treymane Johnson and 18-year-old Rakeem Rashan Jones.
They were convicted of second-degree murder, felony murder and especially aggravated robbery in the death of 22-year-old Spc. Taylor Hotzoglou.
The soldier was shot multiple times on April 28 in Clarksville, Tenn., after giving the two teenagers a ride. He was found by a passer-by dead in his car.
The family of Taylor Hotzoglou remained composed while the verdict was read, but his sister and stepmother sobbed in each other arms after the defendants left the courtroom.
His mother, Debra Hotzoglou, thanked prosecutor Robert Nash after the verdict.
"I have gratitude for the whole legal system," said Debra Hotzoglou, Taylor Hotzoglou's mother. "I had all my eggs in Mr. Nash's basket. I had that much confidence. I had faith the jury would see what it was. I had to have faith the truth would prevail."
Nash credited the work of the Clarksville Police Department and the jury.
"The thing about this case that really grabbed Detective Ulrey, Clarksville Police and the District Attorney's office is the circumstances surrounding the case. Taylor was being nice and helping someone in need and he was killed for doing it. The DA's office is thankful for the witnesses in this case that came forward and stuck with us and wanted to see the right thing done in this case."
The newspaper reports the teens will be sentenced on Nov. 26.
Information from: The Leaf-Chronicle, http://www.theleafchronicle.com