Hoover PD charges 2 more in Gilotti murder case

Published: Mar. 25, 2016 at 6:58 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 1, 2016 at 6:58 PM CDT
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Mike Gilotti. Source: Family photo
Mike Gilotti. Source: Family photo

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - The number of people charged in the Jan. 5 murder of Iraq war veteran Mike Gilotti rose to four on Friday.

Gilotti, a married father of two, died after being shot in front of his Hoover home while he was on his way to go work out at the gym.

The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office issued warrants Friday morning charging 19-year-old De'Ron Keith Lucas, of McCalla, and and 16-year-old Darrian D. Bryant with murder.

"Lucas and Bryant were two of several suspect names that emerged very early in this investigation. Detectives have been determined from the beginning to hold every suspect accountable who was present when this terrible crime was committed. Those same detectives have worked tirelessly since Jan. 5 and we believe today represents the end of the first chapter in this case," Hoover police said in a press release.

Bryant will be charged as an adult. The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested him on Thursday after a brief foot chase in the 800 block of 12th Avenue in Midfield.

Marshals brought him to the Hoover City Jail and then moved him to a juvenile facility in Tuscaloosa. Hoover police anticipate Bryant will be transferred to Jefferson County later on Friday to be held as an adult on the murder charge.

Lucas, has been in custody since Jan. 7. He faces several felony charges related to car break-ins and the theft of the Ford F-250 that was later used during the Hoover crimes.

Police say investigators have known all along that Lucas was the suspect who was wearing the "FLY" shirt in the surveillance photos released to the media on Jan. 8.

Charleston Wells, 16, of Bessemer, was the first suspect charged as an adult with murder in Gilotti's death. Ahmad Jaquan Johnson, 17, of Birmingham is being charged as an adult with murder.

"Chief Derzis and the entire Hoover Police Department hopes that today brings a small measure of closure and relief to the Gilotti family and the Hoover community. We remain committed to seeing full justice as this case proceeds and it continues to be a top priority," police said in the press release.

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