Second Gang Member Acquitted in Hoover Murder

A jury Friday found 19-year-old Ahmad Johnson not guilty in the killing of Hoover Iraq war veteran Mike Gilotti.  The verdict came on the second day of deliberations. Gilotti was shot to death in front of his Lake Cyrus home in 2016.   Prosecutors said Johnson was with a street gang known as M-Tre, or "Money Making Mafia," which had gone to the neighborhood to break into cars.    Gilotti happened upon the gang, while leaving his home to go to a gym for an early morning workout.     The alleged triggerman, Charleston Wells, was acquitted of murder in a previous trial.   Both Wells and Johnson were convicted of lesser charges, relating to the break-ins.   Reacting to the verdict, Johnson's mother, Chaka Johnson, said "justice was served."  But prosecutor Lane Tolbert strongly disagreed with the jury's decision.   "I don't know what they're thinking.   It's kind of scary honestly."  Two others are awaiting trial.

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