Stolen video game may have linked suspects to Gilotti shooting

Stolen video game may have linked suspects to Gilotti shooting
Charleston Wells is charged with murder in Mike Gilotti's death. Source: Hoover PD
Charleston Wells is charged with murder in Mike Gilotti's death. Source: Hoover PD
De'Ron Lucas, 19, has been charged with breaking into vehicles and theft of property in Tuscaloosa County. Source: Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office
De'Ron Lucas, 19, has been charged with breaking into vehicles and theft of property in Tuscaloosa County. Source: Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office
Mike Gilotti. Source: Family photo
Mike Gilotti. Source: Family photo

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - Court documents shed more details on the case of a 16-year-old Bessemer male charged in the shooting death of Iraqi War veteran Mike Gilotti.

The affidavit also identifies a 19-year-old man who was with the suspect earlier in the night.

A Jan. 15 affidavit taken by Hoover Sgt. Keith Czeskleba reports that Gilotti, a 33-year-old husband and father of two, died in the early morning hours of Jan. 5 from a gunshot wound to the back.

[PDF: Read the affidavit here]

As previously reported, police discovered nine vehicle break-ins that occurred on Park Side Circle where Gilotti and his family lived. Exterior home surveillance cameras at residences showed a large, four-door truck driving in the area during the overnight hours.

Two witnesses also saw a large, dark color, four-door truck at the time of the shooting. Roughly six and a half hours after the deadly shooting, a dark green Ford F-250 was discovered in Bessemer and was considered potentially the suspect vehicle.

A PS3 game found on the ground outside of the pickup truck was connected to a vehicle break-in earlier that day on Park Side Circle.

Tuscaloosa County authorities became involved in the case when detectives determined the Ford F-250 was reported stolen that morning in Tuscaloosa County.

A Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office investigator located surveillance video at two gas stations near where the truck was stolen.

Hoover Police publicly released images from that video on Friday, Jan. 8. Investigators observed one individual exit the F-250 and get into a Tahoe.

Detectives also saw an individual exit the F-250 and go into a gas station to pay for gas. The affidavit says De'Ron Lucas, 19, was identified as the individual who bought a cigar.

A Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office investigator obtained several warrants charging Lucas with unlawful breaking and entering of a vehicle and theft of property. Lucas was arrested and booked into the Tuscaloosa County jail on these charges.

The affidavit states Lucas told investigators that Charleston Wells was the other individual in the video. Lucas has not been charged in connection to Gilotti's murder. His attorney declined to comment on the case on Monday.

Wells, who is 16, was arrested on juvenile pick-up orders by the U.S. Marshall Service.

The affidavit states Wells' fingerprints and DNA samples matched prints found on the exterior passenger side of the Ford F-250 connected to Gilotti's murder, as well as the PS3 game found outside the abandoned vehicle later in the day in Bessemer.

A preliminary hearing is currently set for Wells next week. A preliminary hearing for Lucas concerning vehicle break-ins is set for March in Tuscaloosa County.

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