June 15 (UPI) — An Ohio judge on Tuesday acquitted Tevin Biles-Thomas of all charges against him at a retrial over a deadly 2018 shooting.
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Joan Synenberg given a Rule 29 motion for judgment of acquittal from the defense for insufficient proof, dismissing the murder fees against BIles-Thomas and acquitting him of voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault charges.
The charges stem from a shooting in Cleveland on New Year’s Eve which left three people dead and two injured.
No physical evidence tied Biles-Thomas to the shooting and a single witness who testified in the previous trial couldn’t recognize him as the shooter while another said he didn’t watch Biles-Thomas shoot.
Last month, Synenberg announced a mistrial from the case as jurors told her that copies of legal briefs from prosecutors and Biles-Thomas’ attorneys wound up in the trial evidence given to them.
After the decision in the new trial was announced Tuesday, the mother of one of the victims rushed toward Biles-Thomas and shouted “I’m going to kill you!”
The woman was stopped by sheriff’s deputies and after the proceedings, Joseph Patituce, one of Biles-Thomas’ defense attorneys, described the shooting as a “horrible event” and said they “don’t fault the victim’s family for acting out.”
“This was a horrible tragedy, three families lost three family members and you know, absolutely horrific. So, we understand emotions were running high,” Patituce explained. “But today, Tevin Biles was vindicated, what he has waited to get for the last two