Brother of gymnast Simone Biles pleads not guilty to murder

ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 14, 2019 08:12 AM
Brother of gymnast Simone Biles pleads not guilty to murder
FILE - In this July 28, 2018, file photo, Olympic champion Simone Biles talks with her coach before the start of the U.S. Classic gymnastics competition in Columbus, Ohio. Biles says she’s struggling with the arrest of her brother who was charged in a shooting that left three dead. She said in a tweet Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, that her heart aches for everyone involved, especially the victims and their families. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

CLEVELAND (AP) — 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 (PAT'-eh-toos) entered the pleas for 24-year-old Tevin Biles-Thomas during a video arraignment Friday in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County. Biles-Thomas was indicted last month on charges of murder, voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault and perjury.

Bond was set at $1 million.

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's innocent.

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

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