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.
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.
Tevin Biles-Thomas is charged with murder, voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault and perjury in a December 31, 2018, fatal shooting in Cleveland. The charges were announced in a joint statement from Cleveland Police and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office.
On the night of the shooting, a group of uninvited guests walked into a home and a fight began, 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 Thursday and is being held pending extradition to Cuyahoga County, the Liberty County Jail said.
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.”
CNN’s Melissa Alonso contributed to this report.