Tevin Biles-Thomas, brother of Simone Biles, was acquitted on June 15 of the 2018 triple homicide.
Biles-Thomas, 26, was acquitted on all charges after Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Joan Synenberg said prosecutors did not have sufficient evidence to convict him, according to NBC News.
He was accused of fatally shooting three men during an altercation at a 2018 New Year’s Eve party in an Airbnb property. Delvante Johnson, 19; Toshaun Banks, 21; and Devaughn Gibson, 23, were killed in the alleged dispute.
Synenberg granted a motion on June 15 by Biles-Thomas’ attorneys to dismiss the case based on lack of sufficient evidence, noting in her ruling that a witness’ description of clothing worn by the shooter was “75 percent accurate at best,” according to a courtroom video published by WEWS.
Biles-Thomas first trial ended in a mistrial in May 2021, after a jury received legal briefs they were never supposed to see. His defense attorneys then pushed for the charges to be dismissed, reported NY Daily News.
Following the ruling, a person in the gallery charged toward Biles-Thomas but was held back by court personnel and security. The woman who charged at him screamed, “You killed my baby!” Three sheriff’s deputies tackled the woman before she could reach the defendant, according to Fox8 News.
The woman was later identified as Johnson’s mother by Joseph Patituce, one of Biles-Thomas’ attorneys. Patituce said Synenberg’s ruling paid “incredible attention” to the evidence presented and that the state failed to prove its case, but understood the pain for the families who lost their loves ones, reported NBC News.