Sunday 15 September 2019

Brother of Olympic gymnastics champion pleads not guilty to murder

Tevin Biles-Thomas has been charged in relation to an incident when three men died.

Tevin Biles-Thomas, left, shown on a video monitor, listens to his arraignment with public defender Alonda Bush (Phil Long/AP)
Tevin Biles-Thomas, left, shown on a video monitor, listens to his arraignment with public defender Alonda Bush (Phil Long/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

The brother of Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in a shooting that left three men dead at a 2018 New Year’s Eve party in Cleveland.

Attorney Joseph Patituce entered the pleas for 24-year-old Tevin Biles-Thomas during a video arraignment on Friday in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

Biles-Thomas was indicted last month on charges of murder, voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault and perjury.

Bond was set at one million US dollars.

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Simone Biles (Jay LaPrete/AP)Clevelan

Authorities say gunfire broke out when a group of men arrived uninvited to the party.

Nineteen-year-old DelVaunte Johnson, 21-year-old Toshaun Banks and 23-year-old DeVaughn Gibson were killed.

Patituce says Biles-Thomas maintains he is innocent.

Simone Biles has said on Twitter that she is struggling with her brother’s arrest and that her heart aches for the victims and their families.

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