Pair convicted in Ft. Campbell soldier’s murder

Pair convicted in Ft. Campbell soldier's murder (Image 1)

Two men on trial this week for the murder of a Ft. Campbell soldier were found guilty Thursday afternoon.

Giovanne Johnson, 19, and Rakeem Jones, 18, were charged with first-degree murder felony murder and especially aggravated robbery in the death of Spc. Taylor Hotzoglou.

Jurors deliberated late into the afternoon before unanimously finding the men guilty as charged.

Hotzoglou, 22, was shot six times in the back after giving the two teens a ride on April 28.

He was found dead in his car by a passerby.

Assistant district attorney Robert Nash said DNA linked Jones and Johnson to the crime scene.  Johnson's fingerprint was found on Hotzoglou's car window and a towel with Hotzoglou's blood on it was found at Johnson's house.

Sentencing is set for November 26.

*The Leaf-Chronicle contributed to this report.

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