Triplet Says He Accidentally Killed Brother While Cooking

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ga.—A Georgia triplet accused of fatally stabbing one of his brothers says the stabbing was a mistake and he only meant to hug his brother.

News outlets report 36-year-old Kenneth Jernigan made his first court appearance Thursday after telling police he accidentally killed his brother, Kevin Jernigan. Jernigan was charged last week with murder and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.

Columbus Police Department Cpl. Matt Sitler says Kenneth Jernigan told officers they were in the kitchen making food when he went to hug Kevin Jernigan, but instead stabbed him.

Sitler says the evidence doesn’t support Kenneth Jernigan’s story. Sitler says autopsy results are still pending.

The third brother, Keith Jernigan, testified that he didn’t witness the stabbing.

The case was bound over to Superior Court.

Days after her brother was charged in a triple slaying, Simone Biles says her heart aches ‘especially for the victims’

Olympic gymnast Simone Biles said Monday night she was “still having a hard time processing last weeks news,” days after her brother was charged in a New Year’s Eve shooting the left three people dead in Ohio.

Tevin Biles-Thomas.
Tevin Biles-Thomas.(Liberty County, Ga., Sheriff’s Office)

The five-time Olympic medalist and 14-time world champion said on Twitter that her “heart aches for everyone involved, especially for the victims and their families.”

Simone Biles won four gold medals at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)

“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.”

Tevin Biles-Thomas has been charged with murder, voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault and perjury in a December 31 shooting in Cleveland.

Authorities said the shooting started after a group of uninvited guests walked into a home and a fight began.

Two people, Delvaunte Johnson, 19, and Toshaun Banks, 21, died at the scene. A third person, Devaughn Gibson, 23, later died at a hospital.

Cleveland Police identified Biles-Thomas as the shooter. It was unclear if he has a lawyer.

Biles-Thomas was arrested August 29 in Liberty County, Georgia, where he is being held without bond pending extradition to Cuyahoga County, the Liberty County Jail said. He is scheduled to be arraigned September 13 in Ohio.