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Brother of Olympic gymnast Simone Biles pleads not guilty to murder charges

The brother of Olympic champion gymnast Simone Biles has pleaded not guilty to charges related to a triple homicide.

Cleveland.com reports that Tevin Biles-Thomas appeared for his arraignment via video from the Cuyahoga County Jail on Friday. He pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including murder and involuntary manslaughter, stemming from a fatal shooting at an Airbnb rental on New Year’s Eve that took the lives of three people — Toshaun Banks, 21,; Devaughn Gibson, 23; and 19-year-old DelVaunte Johnson. Two others injured.

Tevin Biles-Thomas, left, shown on a video monitor, listens to his arraignment with public defender Alonda Bush from the Cuyahoga County jail as the hearing is held in Common Pleas Court in Cleveland, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. Biles-Thomas is accused of killing three people at a New Year’s Eve party in 2018 and is the older brother of U.S. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

 

As CrimeOnline previously reported, the shootout came after a group of men reportedly arrived uninvited to a party, and did not leave when asked.

Following her brother’s arrest, Biles posted a statement on Twitter, Cleveland.com reports.

“My heart aches for everyone involved, especially the victims and their families. There is nothing that I can say that will heal anyone’s pain, but I do want to express my sincere condolences to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy,” the statement read.

A judge set Biles-Thomas’s bond at $1 million. If released, he is prohibited from contact with survivors of the shooting, Us Weekly reports.

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[Feature image: AP Photo/Charlie Riedel]