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Simone Biles’ brother acquitted of murder

Tevin Biles-Thomas, the brother of Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles, was acquitted of murder this week, less than a month after a judge in Cleveland declared a misdemeanor in his case.

Mr. Biles-Thomas, 26, was charged with the fatal shooting of three people during a New Year’s Eve party in Cleveland in 2018. On Tuesday, Judge Joan Synenberg of the Common Pleas Court in Cuyahoga County acquitted him, according to court evidence, and a motion filed by Mr. Biles-Thomas’ defense attorneys filed that prosecutors did not provide enough evidence to justify a conviction.

“I have come to the conclusion that there is insufficient evidence to uphold a conviction,” Judge Synenberg said in an interview Wednesday.

Biles-Thomas’ previous trial ended abruptly on May 25 after judges told Judge Synenberg that they had misjudged legal orders under the evidence.

It was not immediately clear how the negotiations were mixed with the evidence, but it apparently reflects the debate between prosecutors and Biles-Thomas’ defense attorneys over whether he acted in self-defense. report.

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After the second trial was postponed on Tuesday, Judge Synenberg said that the mother of one of the victims, who was ‘very upset’ about the result, went to Mr. Biles-Thomas ran, apparently intending to injure him. Video material obtained by WKYC-TV shows how the woman is being dragged away by security officers in the courtroom.

Judge Synenberg said no charges had been filed against the woman. “I think everyone feels sorry for the families of the victims,” ​​she said.

Mr. Biles-Thomas was arrested in August 2019 and charged with murder, manslaughter, voluntary manslaughter, criminal assault and perjury in connection with the shooting at a house party on December 31, 2018, authorities said.

Three people were killed: DeVaughn Gibson, 23; DelVaunte Johnson, 19; and Toshaun Banks, 21.

During the arrest of Mr. Biles-Thomas said in a statement that an uninvited group entered the house around 11:30 pm on the night of the shooting and that a quarrel arose between the uninvited guests and the guests. . “Shots were fired, hitting ‘several’ people, including the three who died, they said.

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Attorneys for Mr. Biles-Thomas on Wednesday did not respond to a request for comment, nor did representatives of his sister, a five-time Olympic medalist.

Me. Biles, 24, said Twitter after her brother’s arrest in 2019 that she ‘still has a hard time processing’ what happened.

“My heart aches for all involved,” she said. Biles said. “I ask everyone to please respect the privacy of my family as we endure our pain.”

In an essay for CNN in 2018 it me. Biles said she and her siblings were removed from her mother’s custody when Ms. Biles 3 was. Her mother had a drug addiction.

Me. Biles is on her way to Tokyo to take part in her second Olympics next month. Last month, she became the first woman to ever perform a double pike from Yurchenko, a dangerous move with a rear hand spring and two turns in a pike position before landing on her feet.

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