A Chicago man was found guilty today of the 2005 slaying of two people at a South Side convenience store and was linked to the crime by a lottery ticket which had the man's address numbers.
Timothy Fountain, 42, was
found guilty by a jury on several counts of first-degree murder and armed
Fountain was convicted of fatally shooting Graciela
Rodriguez, 37, who worked at Maggy's Convenience Store, 4458 S. California Ave.
In addition to Rodriguez, Fountain also killed 74-year-old Nicolas Guerrero, who
was a customer.
The crime happened on Aug. 4, 2005
after Fountain walked into the store and went up to Rodriguez, who was behind
the counter, and asked to buy a lottery ticket.
Rodriguez rang up the purchase, Fountain pulled out a gun and forced his way
behind the counter.
After emptying the cash register
Fountain forced Rodriguez to take him to the store's video surveillance
equipment in a back room. Fountain ripped out the wires to stop it from
recording and then fatally shot Rodriguez in the head.
As Fountain was
leaving, he ran into Guerrero and the two began struggling. Fountain then shot
the man before leaving.
Police were able to find the lottery ticket which
the man had left behind and grew suspicious when the number on the ticket
matched his address. They then were able figure out that Fountain had been
previously convicted of a similar armed robbery.
Investigators also were able to match his description with
witnesses who had seen a similar-looking man outside of the store at the time of
Police did not have enough evidence to charge Fountain with
the crime until January 2007 when they learned that DNA found under Guerrero's
fingernails matched Fountain. He also was linked to the crime by witnesses.
Fountain faces life in prison when he is sentenced on