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Simone Biles' Brother Tevin Biles-Thomas Acquitted of Triple Murder Charges after Mistrial

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
Jun 16, 2021
08:30 A.M.

After a mistrial last month, a judge has dismissed the triple murder charges filed against Tevin Biles-Thomas, the brother of gymnast Simone Biles. Prosecutors had no sufficient evidence linking him to a Cleveland, Ohio, shooting in 2018.

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At the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in Ohio, Judge Joan Synenberg dismissed the murder charges filed against Tevin Biles-Thomas, the brother of Olympic gymnast Simone Biles.

According to AP, the court also acquitted Biles-Thomas, a US Army soldier, from involuntary manslaughter and felonious charges. Defense lawyers found no forensic evidence connecting him to a Cleveland shooting three years ago.

Simone Biles at the Superstars of Gymnastics at The O2 Arena on March 23, 2019 in London, England. | Photo: Getty Images

Simone Biles at the Superstars of Gymnastics at The O2 Arena on March 23, 2019 in London, England. | Photo: Getty Images

In addition, the defense lawyers failed to present witnesses who saw Biles-Thomas firing a gun. He was earlier accused of shooting three men during a New Year's Eve party in Cleveland in 2018.

According to the authorities, gunfire occurred after a group of men showed up uninvited to the party. It led to the deaths of DelVaunte Johnson, 19, Toshaun Banks, 21, and DeVaughn Gibson, 23.

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An unnamed woman connected to the victims was in disbelief when the case was dismissed despite the recent ruling. She exclaimed she still held Biles-Thomas accountable for her child's death.

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The woman was pulled out of the courtroom before she could reach Biles-Thomas who has maintained his innocence. Last month, the judge declared his first trial a mistrial.

Speaking about the case, Biles previously expressed on Twitter that she struggled with her brother's arrest, saying her heart ached for the victims and their families. She wrote:

"There is nothing that I can say that will heal anyone's pain, but I do want to express my sincere condolences to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy."

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In 2019, Biles-Thomas pled not guilty to murder and other charges with a bond of $1 million. His attorney, Joseph Patituce, helped him prove his innocence.

Biles-Thomas is one of the four siblings of the renowned gymnast. Her brother's recent trial happened while Biles was preparing for her performance for this year's Tokyo Olympics.

Biles is known for more than just her gold medals, as she is also outspoken against all forms of sexual abuse.

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Countless fans are expecting a lot from Biles at the Tokyo Olympics since she is today's dominant gymnast in the world. The young Olympian has not lost a single competition since 2013.

During the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she successfully clinched four gold medals, making her the first female American gymnast to score that many wins in a single Olympics.

Biles is known for more than just her gold medals, as she is also outspoken against all forms of sexual abuse. She was the only elite Olympian who spoke out against the abuse done by former doctor Larry Nassar.

Nassar was a physician for the USA Gymnastics national team who abused more than 150 women and girls, including Biles. He was charged with 40 to 175 years in jail.

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