The mother of a murder victim charged toward Simone Biles’ brother in the courtroom Tuesday after his acquittal was announced, Fox 8 reported.
Tevin Biles-Thomas, 26, was initially charged with voluntary manslaughter, murder, felonious assault, and perjury in 2019, after he was accused of shooting and killing three people and injuring two others in a 2018 New Year’s Eve shooting in Cleveland, Ohio.
There was chaos in the courtroom on Tuesday as the suspect in a Cleveland triple murder was acquitted. https://t.co/bK0lUTwm68
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Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Joan Synenberg granted a motion for acquittal, saying the defense lacked evidence, according to Fox 8. A woman then ran towards Biles-Thomas, yelling, “He killed my baby! You know he killed my baby!” before being restrained by officers. (RELATED: Simone Biles Releases Statement After Her Brother’s Arrest For A Triple Homicide)
Defense Attorney Joseph Patituce told the outlet, “we get it, she’s angry.” “She lost a son, and we understand, and we respect the fact that she has suffered horribly, her family has suffered horribly, just like the other families … Including Mr. Biles. I mean, Mr. Biles’ own cousin was murdered in this case, and he had to sit there and stand trial with the accusation that he was responsible, murdered his own cousin, which simply wasn’t true,” Patituce said.
COURTROOM CHAOS: The family of Tevin Biles-Thomas, the brother of Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, had an emotional reaction after he was acquitted of all counts for a New Year’s Eve triple homicide. @DavidMuir reports. https://t.co/gmohlzuM8W pic.twitter.com/kiDyFBg0x2
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The Defense Attorney added that the woman was “led to believe Mr. Biles was guilty when he wasn’t, and she reacted like a mother. We don’t fault her for that.”