The brother of Simone Biles was acquitted of charges in the murder of Delvante Johnson, a 19-year-old who was killed in 2018 during a New Year’s Eve party in Cleveland. On Tuesday (June 15), Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Joan Synenberg filed a motion to dismiss several counts of murder, voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault against Tevin Biles-Thomas, noting there was inadequate evidence to make a conviction.
Upon hearing the news, a woman identified as Johnson’s mother immediately reacted, charging toward the defendant after screaming the words, “You have to be fucking kidding me. He killed my baby! You know he killed my baby!”
Sheriff’s deputies were able to prevent her from getting to Biles-Thomas.
Biles-Thomas was arrested in 2019 in connection with the fatal shooting of Johnson. Per CNN, a group of people crashed a party on Dec. 31, 2018, prompting a fight that quickly devolved into a shooting. Johnson was one of three people killed amid the gunfire.
For the last two and a half years, Biles-Thomas maintained his innocence as prosecutors attempted to form a case against him. However, none of the witnesses that took the stand said that he was the gunman. Joseph Patituce, the defense attorney representing Biles-Thomas, added that the jacket his client wore on the night of the shooting was a different color than described in a key witness’ testimony. The lack of evidence eventually led to the judge’s ruling and the violent response from the murder victim’s mother.
“We get it, she’s angry, Patituce told Fox 8 Cleveland of the reaction from Johnson’s mother. “We don’t fault her for that. She lost a son and we understand, and we respect the fact that she has suffered horribly, her family has suffered horribly, just like the other families — including Mr. Biles[-Thomas]. I mean, Mr. Biles[-Thomas]’ own cousin was murdered in this case, and he had to sit there and stand trial with the accusation that he was responsible, murdered his own cousin, which simply wasn’t true.”