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Brother of Olympic gymnast Simone Biles pleads not guilty in Cleveland triple slaying

The brother of Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles has been arrested and charged in a New Year's Eve shooting in Ohio that killed three people.

The brother of Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles pleaded not guilty Friday to murder and other charges in connection with a shooting that killed three people in Ohio on New Year’s Eve.

Tevin Biles-Thomas’s lawyer made the plea on his behalf in a Cleveland courtroom during the defendant’s first court appearance Friday morning.

Biles-Thomas, wearing orange jail-issued clothing, made his brief appearance by video feed, sitting silently at a table at the jail where he is being held.

His next court appearance, a pretrial hearing, was scheduled for Wednesday morning.

Biles-Thomas was arrested in Georgia last month on charges of murder, voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault and perjury in connection with a December 31 fatal shooting in Cleveland.

The shooting

On the night of the shooting, a group of uninvited guests walked into a home and a fight began, Ohio authorities said. The fight led to the shooting and multiple people were hit.

Two people — Delvaunte Johnson, 19, and Toshaun Banks, 21 — died at the scene. A third person, Devaughn Gibson, 23, later died at a hospital.

Biles-Thomas was identified by Cleveland police as the shooter.

He was arrested in Liberty County, Georgia, on August 29 and was extradited to Ohio.

Biles-Thomas is the brother of Simone Biles, a five-time Olympic medalist and a 14-time world champion.

Last week, Simone Biles said on Twitter that her “heart aches for everyone involved, especially for 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,” she posted. “I ask everyone to please respect my family’s privacy as we deal with our pain.”

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