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Jan 18, 2008:
Shortly before 2 a.m., a group of armed men make their way inside April Lewis' home on Loretta Avenue. She says the men demand money and kill her 17-year-old son, Dennis Lewis, after entering his bedroom.
Jan. 24, 2008:
Family and friends gather at Triedstone Missionary Baptist Church to bid farewell to Dennis Lewis (pictured). "I'm very proud of my community," said Dennis' twin brother, Derris Lewis. "It's very amazing when people come together at a time like this to do such an awesome thing for my brother, the memorial of him."
Feb. 13, 2008:
Derris Lewis (pictured) is arrested and charged with aggravated murder, robbery and kidnapping in connection with his twin brother's death. Police later say a bloody palm print found at the scene matches Derris Lewis.
Feb. 20, 2008:
Family members continue to deny police accusations that Derris was involved with his brother's slaying. "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."
Feb. 27, 2009:
Defense attorneys file an alibi motion with the court, saying witnesses will testify that Derris Lewis was at a home in South Columbus at the time of his brother's shooting.
March 9, 2009:
The trial of Derris Lewis begins with jury selection. Opening statements follow the next day.
March 11, 2009:
April Lewis, the twins' mother, testifies about the night of her son's death. She tells prosecutors that there was no way Derris was involved in the shooting. "It's crazy, how could that happen? They loved each other," April Lewis said.
March 12, 2009:
Columbus police Det. Althea Young testifies that Derris was not immediately a suspect in his brother's death. She says she was "physically ill" after learning that the bloody palm print matched Derris. She also says that a handgun confiscated from another teenager had not been ruled out as the murder weapon, but testified that ballistic tests failed to link the gun to the slaying.
March 13, 2009:
Jurors are shown a police videotape in which Derris Lewis is interviewed by detectives about his brother's slaying. Derris Lewis' girlfriend testifies that she was in bed with Derris the night of the shooting. She tells attorneys that she would not lie to protect him.
March 16, 2009:
Two witnesses testify that they were at a house with Derris the night of his brother's shooting, while Diane Lewis, the twins' sister, testifies about making phone calls Derris after the shooting. She breaks down while talking about the night Dennis died. "I put my head on his chest and I hear a shallow heart beat," she said.
March 17, 2009:
Defense attorneys try to call a man to the stand who they said may have been Dennis' killer, but the judge would not allow him to testify after the man invoked the Fifth Amendment. Zack Rockwell (pictured) then testifies that the man who refused to testify asked him to participate in a robbery shortly before Dennis, then 17, was killed in January 2008. Rockwell assumed the man was involved in Dennis' death.
March 17, 2009:
Prosecutors called two Columbus police detectives to refute earlier testimony by defense witnesses, including the assertion by Derris' sister Diane that the family found $283 in Dennis' room after police allowed the family back in the home. Det. Thomas Burton (pictured) said there was no money in the room when he searched the room as police conducted their investigation. The cash is a crucial piece of evidence because prosecutors said Derris killed Dennis to take his money.
March 19, 2009:
Jurors were scheduled to begin a second day of deliberating, but a mistrial was declared after a juror's sister-in-law died. Under law, two alternate jurors were already dismissed because the case did not involve the death penalty. Derris Lewis was ordered back to jail.
August 6, 2009:
Charges against Derris Lewis are dropped after tests reveal that the handprint found on the wall of the home was not blood. Derris is released from jail.
February 10, 2010:
Derris Lewis and the City of Columbus settle for $950,000, which will be paid to Derris over a 20-year-period. The city's public safety director offers an apology to Derris for mistakes made in the investigation.
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