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Second murder trial of U.S. soldier charged in 2018 New Year's Eve triple killing continues Tuesday

Defendant is brother of Olympic gymnast
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Posted at 8:29 AM, Jun 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-15 08:37:26-04

CLEVELAND — The murder trial of Tevin-Biles Thomas, a U.S. Army soldier and the brother of Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles, continues Tuesday.

Biles-Thomas is charged with murder in a 2018 New Year's Eve party shooting in Cleveland that left three men dead. He pleaded not guilty.

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Authorities said gunfire broke out when a group of men arrived uninvited to a party. Nineteen-year-old DelVaunte Johnson, 21-year-old Toshaun Banks, and 23-year-old DeVaughn Gibson were killed.

In September 2019, after Biles-Thomas was arrested and charged, Simone Biles tweeted that her "heart aches for everyone involved."

In May, a judge declared a mistrial in the murder of Biles-Thomas.

Jurors told the judge during the third day of deliberations that copies of legal briefs from Tevin Biles-Thomas’ lawyers and prosecutors were among the evidence given to them during deliberations.

The paperwork included arguments over whether Biles-Thomas might have acted in self-defense.

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