05-09-2008, 08:07 AM
Columbus teen accused in slaying of twin brother
Friday, May 9, 2008
BY ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
TWIN TRAGEDY April Agee (right) weeps after completing testimony during a hearing in Franklin County Juvenile Court. Her son, Derris Lewis (left), accused of being an accomplice in the January murder of his twin brother Dennis, will be tried as an adult. AP PAUL VERNON
05-09-2008, 12:21 PM
He must have thought that his identical twin brother was an ugly nigger and killed him for it.
02-11-2010, 09:35 PM
Derris Lewis and city reach $950,000 settlement
Twin was arrested, then cleared in slaying of his brother
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 11:14 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 04:10 PM
By Bruce Cadwallader
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
The city of Columbus and negotiators for Derris Lewis, the twin accused and then cleared of killing his brother, have reached a financial settlement of $950,000 for his wrongful arrest, Public Safety Director Mitch Brown said this afternoon.
"On behalf of the Department of Public Safety and the Division of Police, I want to apologize to Mr. Lewis and his family for the mistake that was made during the homicide investigation of Dennis Lewis," Brown said. "Today's settlement is a clear acknowledgement that a mistake was made, and we wish Mr. Lewis the best of luck in his future endeavors."
Brown said the money will have to come from within the Department of Public Safety's budget, but he did not know precisely where. He said it would not affect future cadet classes at the police academy.
The payment has to be approved by the City Council. There are no other stipulations.
He said there was no deadline regarding the payment, but that the city would "expedite" the settlement once City Council signs off on it.
About 30 minutes later after Brown spoke at Police Headquarters Downtown, Lewis and his attorneys held a news conference at which they confirmed the settlement, which is to be invested in an interest-bearing annuity. Lewis has chosen to receive payments over 20 years to earn a total settlement estimated at $1.2 million.
He will likely receive a monthly stipend, but those details have not been worked out, the attorneys said.
"He will remain a poor college student for some time to come," attorney David Shroyer said. His "decision to defer these payments shows great maturity at his young age."
Attorney fees will be paid from the city's original settlement. Shroyer declined to discuss those fees, which typically amount to 30 percent or more.
"As a result of what has occurred today, we are hopeful that Derris' reputation in the community will be restored," Shroyer said.
A quiet Lewis referred most questions to his attorneys but said he continues to grieve for his brother, Dennis.
"There's definitely a void, and my brother's not here anymore," he said. "I will still carry on."
Dennis Lewis was shot and killed by masked intruders early on the morning of Jan. 18, 2008, in their Loretta Avenue home. Their wheelchair-bound mother, April, said she was held at gunpoint while the robbers ransacked the house and confronted Dennis in his bedroom.
His brother's slaying remains unsolved. "That's in God's hands, and I will leave it there," Derris said.
In the fall, he began taking classes at Ohio State University. He has said he is trying to resume a normal life.
A lawsuit against the city will be filed on Friday, but the attorneys said that is only to protect Lewis' legal interests should the settlement dissolve. The city need not reply to it, Shroyer said.
Defense attorneys Joseph Scott, Adam Nemann and Shannon Leis said a focus group of local jurors, chosen at random, said they would have elected to give Lewis more had a lawsuit gone to trial. Some estimated the potential verdict at $5 million.
02-13-2010, 04:11 AM
That ugly monkey doesn't deserve a damn thing. Tort reform will remain meaningless until something is done about this Nigger Lottery.
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