AceShowbiz - The brother of Olympic gymnast Simone Biles has been acquitted on murder charges relating to a deadly 2018 shooting in Ohio.
U.S. Army soldier Tevin Biles-Thomas was arrested in Georgia in August 2019 following an eight-month police investigation into a fatal fight at a rental home in Cleveland on 31 December 2018 when three people were killed.
He maintained his innocence but was indicted on multiple counts of murder, voluntary manslaughter, and felonious assault.
He stood trial in May, only for the case to be declared a mistrial after legal paperwork was inadvertently included in evidence jurors had been given to review.
A new hearing was held on Tuesday (15Jun21) after defence lawyers argued there was no forensic evidence tying their client to the murders while there were also no witnesses able to testify that Biles-Thomas was the shooter.
As a result, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Joan Synenberg ruled prosecutors had failed to present enough evidence to lead to a conviction and cleared the defendant of the charges.
Shortly after the announcement, a woman in the gallery attempted to attack Biles-Thomas, screaming, "You killed my baby!" as authorities stepped in to restrain her.
Superstar athlete Biles has yet to comment on her 26-year-old brother's acquittal, but she previously took to Twitter to express her struggle coming to terms with her sibling's arrest, adding, "My heart aches for everyone involved, especially for the victims and their families. 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."
"I ask everyone to please respect my family's privacy as we deal with our pain."