Brother of Olympic gymnastics champion pleads not guilty to murder

By Associated Press Reporter

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 entered the pleas for 24-year-old Tevin Biles-Thomas during a video arraignment on Friday in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

Biles-Thomas was indicted last month on charges of murder, voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault and perjury.

Bond was set at one million US dollars.

Simone Biles (Jay LaPrete/AP)Clevelan

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 is innocent.

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