Saturday, April 12, 2008


Ohio Teen Charged as Accessory in Identical Twin's Murder
Saturday, April 12, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The death of Dennis Lewis was shocking enough: The National Honor Society student and marching band member was shot in his bedroom while masked robbers held a gun on his mother in another room.

Then police arrested his identical twin, an advanced placement student also active in their high school band. Authorities are accusing Derris Lewis of taking part in the attack and being an accomplice in his brother's death, saying his bloody palm print was found in the bedroom where Dennis was killed.

The family, crushed by the death of one twin, is adamant the other is innocent.

"There's no way, shape or form that my brother was even in that house," said the boys' older sister, Diane Lewis, who lives two doors from where the shooting happened. "He would never put my mom in harm's way whatsoever — she didn't raise killers or criminals."

Derris is charged in juvenile court with being an accomplice to aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and kidnapping. Because he turned 18 two weeks after the shooting, prosecutors are seeking to have him charged as an adult.


Events in Identical Twin Slaying in Ohio
By The Associated Press – 7 hours ago

Some events in the case of Derris Lewis, charged as a juvenile with being an accomplice in the death of his twin brother Dennis:

_ Jan. 18. Masked intruders enter the home of the boys' mother, April Agee, and demand money at gunpoint. At least one attacker struggles with her 17-year-old son Dennis Lewis, beating him with part of a bar stool. He is fatally shot.

_ Jan. 24. Family holds funeral, during which Dennis is remembered as active at school, including in sports and theater. Derris sings a gospel song with a cousin that Dennis and Derris had sung together in the past.

_ Feb. 13. Police arrest Derris in connection with his brother's death after questioning him for several hours. A search warrant says Derris' bloody palm print was found at the scene.

_ Feb. 17. The Lewis family issues a statement saying police have made a mistake. The statement says, in part, "Derris truly loved his brother with all his heart" and "Derris would have no conceivable motive to do any of this."

_ March 12. After two hearings are delayed, Juvenile Court Judge Dana Preisse sets an April 30 hearing date for prosecutors' request to charge Derris as an adult.

Source: AP Research

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