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Trial Begins For 2 Charged In Soldier's Death

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22-year-old Specialist Taylor Hotzoglou was killed after giving two teenagers a ride. 22-year-old Specialist Taylor Hotzoglou was killed after giving two teenagers a ride.
(Image courtesy Clarksville Police Department/FILE) (Image courtesy Clarksville Police Department/FILE)
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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - The trial has begun for two Tennessee men charged with killing a Fort Campbell soldier who was giving them a ride home.

Jurors were selected on Monday and opening statements were scheduled Tuesday in the trial of 19-year-old Giovanne Treymane Johnson and 18-year-old Rakeem Rashan Jones.

The two men were charged with first-degree murder, felony murder and especially aggravated robbery in the death of 22-year-old Specialist Taylor Hotzoglou.

The soldier was shot multiple times on April 28, 2012 in Clarksville, after giving the two teenagers a ride.

The original call out to police was a possible crash with injuries. Just after midnight, a passerby stopped and called police after finding a car that looked like it had run off the side of Victory Road. The passerby called police after he said he could not wake up the man inside the car.

When officers arrived to the scene, they found that Hotzoglou had been shot.

Hotzoglou had recently returned from Afghanistan. His wife said she could not believe he was killed by the people he was serving while overseas. The Army said he was assigned to D Company, 2-506th, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

"He spent 12 months dodging bullets and to come home and get killed over something aimless it's just not fair," said Kerri Hotzoglou.

The trial was expected to last up to four days.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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