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Chaos in court after Tevin Biles-Thomas murder case dismissed



Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s deputies were able to restrain the individual after Judge Joan Synenburg dismissed the case against Tevin Biles-Thomas.

CLEVELAND — The murder case against the brother of Olympian Simone Biles has been dismissed in Cleveland.

On Tuesday, Cuyahoga County Common Please Judge Joan Synenburg decided to dismiss the case against Tevin Biles-Thomas. Biles-Thomas was on trial facing multiple counts of murder, voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault and perjury in connection with deaths of three men on New Year’s Eve in 2018.

After Judge Synenburg’s decision, a member of the court gallery reportedly charged toward Biles-Thomas. Court officers, assisted by Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s deputies, were able to get the patron under control.

“Following a ruling in The State of Ohio vs Tevin Biles-Thomas (CR-19-643478-A), a person in the gallery charged toward the defendant. The Court thanks the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance,” a spokesperson for the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas told 3News in an email.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office declined to comment on the ruling by Judge Synenburg. 

Last month, a mistrial was declared in the case against Biles-Thomas after jurors told the judge during the third day of deliberations that copies of legal briefs from Biles-Thomas’ lawyers and prosecutors were among the evidence given to them. The paperwork included arguments over whether Biles-Thomas might have acted in self-defense. All 12 jurors told the judge they had been influenced by the information outlined in the briefs.  

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The incident happened at an apartment building in the 4400 block of Denison Avenue — which had been operating as an Airbnb — when an “uninvited group” entered an ongoing New Year’s Eve party. Authorities say an altercation broke out as gunshots were fired.

19-year-old DelVaunte Johnson, 21-year-old Toshaun Banks and 23-year-old DeVaughn Gibson were killed.

Editor’s Note: The below video is from previous reporting about the case of Tevin Biles-Thomas



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