No Longer Accused, Man Ready To Mourn Slain Twin

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Derris Lewis of Columbus never got the chance to mourn the death of his identical twin brother, who was shot and killed last year. Now he finally can.

A prosecutor dropped charges yesterday against Lewis, who was accused of killing his brother Dennis during a dispute.

Tests cast doubt on the key piece of evidence: A palm print that was believed to have been cast in blood.

Derris Lewis was released the Franklin County jail, where he had been locked up for more than a year.

He said no one could understand the pain he'd been through.

It turned out the print was not bloody but had been on the wall before the slaying, something Lewis' attorney had long argued.

The twins shared the bedroom for four years.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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