Two men have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the June 26 shooting that killed 41-year-old JonDavid Russell Johnson near Acworth, authorities said.

According to Cherokee Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker:

Investigators with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office have charged David Solano, 19, of Roswell and Kevin Saucedo, 21, of Alpharetta with conspiracy to commit murder. Solano turned himself in to detectives Saturday in Canton. Saucedo was arrested Saturday in Dekalb County.

Detectives were able to identify the suspects after their images at a gas station near the crime scene were released on Friday. Both Solano and Saucedo remained in custody at the Cherokee County jail on Monday afternoon. Detectives believe the shooting was drug-related and have not ruled out the possibility of other suspects. The investigation is continuing.

Arrest warrants allege that surveillance video from local businesses show the two men watched Johnson for 17 hours to learn his routines in order to determine the right time to attack him.

The shooting occurred at about 11:15 p.m. June 26 when deputies responded to a call for help regarding a person shot. Johnson walked into the Squares convenience store at 6080 Ga. Highway 92 in Acworth after he had suffered one gunshot wound to his torso and collapsed when he entered the store. He was transported to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, where he later died from the gunshot injury.

Detectives determined that Johnson was shot on the sidewalk outside the Hamilton Inn, which is directly across the street from the convenience store where he collapsed.

Investigators discovered about 9 ounces of methamphetamine inside Johnson's room at the inn.

Last week investigators ask for the public's help in locating two women who were described as persons of interest. Both had unrelated arrest warrants in other areas and one of them, 33-year-old Shene Lucretia Kirk of LaFayette was arrested on a violation of parole warrant in Gordon County last week.

It was not clear Monday if the men have hired defense attorneys and they had not yet had court appearances.

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Gary Tanner is managing editor of The Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Ledger-News and Cherokee Life magazine. He has been working as a journalist since 1985.

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