Trial Begins For Teen Accused In Twin Brother's Death
The trial of a teenager accused of killing his twin brother began Monday with juror selection, and opening statements were expected to begin on Tuesday.
Derris Lewis faces aggravated murder and other charges in connection with the Jan. 18, 2008 shooting that killed his brother, Dennis, 17, 10TV News reported.
Police believe that Lewis confronted his brother inside their mother's Loretta Avenue home and shot him during a dispute.
Investigators recovered a bloody handprint from a bedroom wall, which a crime lab positively identified as belonging to Lewis, 10TV News reported.
Lewis has denied playing a role in his brother's death, and last week his lawyer filed an alibi motion with the court, saying Lewis was six miles away at the time of the shooting.
The motion also said there were three witnesses that would testify in Lewis' defense.
Members of Lewis' family have defended him throughout the case.
"We have thoroughly considered the charges filed against him," said the twins' cousin, Robert Lewis. "We have thoroughly considered the theories and arguments of the police. Derris would have no conceivable motive to do any of this."
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