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Judge rules sex crimes suspect can introduce identical twin as suspect

Alabama soldier Aaron Lucas will use DNA evidence to blame alleged crimes on twin brother.
By Evan Bleier   |   Nov. 18, 2013 at 12:25 PM   |   Comments

Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A Colorado judge has ruled that an Alabama soldier can blame the sex crimes that he's accused of committing across several states on his evil twin brother.

1st Lt. Aaron Lucas, a decorated artillery officer, has been jailed in El Paso County, Colo., on charges that he lured or attempted to lure 11 girls into his car in Colorado while he was stationed there between 2009 and 2012. His bail is $1.2 million.

Lucas also faces charges of child enticement and sexual abuse of a child younger than 12 years old in relation to a 2007 case in Madison, Ala., and faces similar charges in Texas.

DNA collected from alleged victims in multiple states was matched to Lucas, but his lawyer claims that his twin brother shares identical genes and that he was the one who committed the crimes.

On Friday, the judge ruled that it would be "inappropriate" to stop Lucas’ attorney from presenting his twin brother as a suspect.

Apparently, the twin brothers also both drive a similar make and model car -- black Acuras -- described by one of the victims from Madison. Aaron's brother, Brian Lucas, lives in Alabama.

Lucas is in Colorado awaiting trial, set to begin early next year.


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[Colorado Springs Gazette]

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