The mother of one of the murder victims ran at him, yelling, “I’m going to kill you.”
An Ohio courtroom where Simone Biles’ brother was convicted in a triple homicide case connected to a New Year’s Eve party shooting in 2018 briefly degenerated into pandemonium Tuesday.
A lady in the Huntington Convention Center’s gallery screamed, “You got to be f——ng kidding me,” and raced towards Tevin Biles-Thomas as Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Joan Synenberg announced her acquittal judgement.
“He assassinated my child! You’re aware that he murdered my child!”
Cuyahoga County released body camera footage of the lady getting up from a folding chair and running towards Biles-Thomas.
Before she could reach the defendant, three sheriff’s deputies tackled her.
“She’s enraged, we understand. When she was made to believe Mr. Biles was guilty when he wasn’t, she reacted in a motherly manner. We don’t blame her for it” In an interview with Fox 8 Cleveland, Joseph Patituce, the defense attorney for Biles-Thomas, stated.
Patituce recognized the woman as Delvante Johnson’s mother.
Gunfire erupted after a group of guys showed up uninvited to a house party held at an Airbnb in Cleveland on Dec. 31, 2018, according to authorities.
Devaughn Gibson, 23, Devaughn Johnson, 19, and Toshaun Banks, 21, were all slain.
“We realize and appreciate that she has suffered tremendously, that her family has suffered tremendously, just like the other families — including Mr. Biles,” Patituce added.
“I mean, in this instance, Mr. Biles’ own cousin was murdered, and he had to sit there and face trial with the charge that he was guilty, that he murdered his own cousin, which was just not true.”
According to Fox 8, the lady will not face criminal charges as a result of her courtroom outburst.
Biles-Thomas, a 26-year-old US Army soldier and brother of Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles, was acquitted of numerous counts of murder, voluntary manslaughter, and felonious assault after a judge determined Tuesday that prosecutors failed to provide sufficient evidence to support a conviction.
No forensic evidence linked Biles-Thomas to the deaths, according to defense attorneys, and no witnesses testified that they saw Biles-Thomas shoot.
Last month, his first trial ended in a mistrial when jurors said they read legal documentation that was mistakenly included in the evidence they were supposed to evaluate.
Prosecutors informed the judge earlier this month that they had been unable to locate the lone witness who claimed to have seen Biles-Thomas discharge a firearm.
They also stated that they were unable to locate two other witnesses, one of whom was shot in the head afterwards.
The court issued arrest warrants in May for two witnesses who failed to show up for the first trial. Both took the stand later in the day, Cleveland.com said, wearing handcuffs, ankle chains, and prison clothes.
Patituce told jurors on Thursday that Biles-Thomas didn’t fire any bullets and was wearing a jacket that wasn’t the same color as the one described by witnesses.
He also questioned the veracity of a crucial witness, claiming that he received “the golden ticket” of leniency in one case and another after consenting to incriminate the defendant.
Simone Biles expressed her sadness about her brother’s imprisonment on Twitter, saying that her heart hurt for the victims and their families.