Lieutenant Aaron Lucas (left) says witnesses are mistaking him for his brother Brian Lucas (right). Brian says he has never been near the area where the crimes too place.
Sun, 24 Nov 2013 10:38:11 GMT
This is is the man whose brother claims is the 'evil twin' - the real culprit behind sex assaults in Texas and Alabama.
Decorated U.S. Army Lieutenant Aaron Lucas faces charges that he tried to abduct 11 young girls and sexually assaulted three outside Fort Carson, Colorado. But, he claims he is being framed and that it is really his twin brother Brian Lucas who is responsible.
Brian Lucas has lived in two of the same states as Lt Aaron Lucas and drives a black Acura sedan, the same vehicle identified by several of the victims in the case.
But Brian claims he has nothing to do with the sex cases and that he has never been to El Paso County, Colorado, where the crimes too place.
DNA evidence from Lt Lucas matched him to several of the cases, as well as two attempted assaults on young girls in Texas and Alabama.
DNA is unique for every person in the world - except identical twins, for whom the pattern is almost exactly the same.
'Evil twin?' Brian Lucas has been accused by his twin brother of being the real culprit behind a series of sex assaults.
Lt Lucas' attorneys won the right last week to argue at his trial that his twin brother Brian could have been behind the sex crimes.
Prosecutors, though, aren't convinced and Lt Lucas remains their only suspect in the crimes.
Lt Lucas, who won the Bronze Star - one of the military's highest honors, was arrested last year in connection with a child abduction and an attempted child abduction over the summer.
But detectives realized the 32-year-old matched the description of a suspect in as many as 11 attempted abductions.
DNA taken from an attempted abduction in Colorado matched samples taken from crime scenes in Alabama in 2007 and Texas two years later.
Lawyers for the officer claim the DNA was from his twin brother Brian, who lived in both states at the time of the attacks. As identical twins the brothers share the same DNA.
'War hero': Lucas is the recipient of the Bronze Star, the fourth highest military honor in the country
Brian Lucas has not been charged and could not be located for comment, reports the Colorado Springs Gazette. It said Brian Lucas had previous addresses in Madison and in Texas.
Aaron Lucas' attorneys say an unidentified third man is responsible for the Colorado assaults.
El Paso County prosecutors said the Colorado victims' ages ranged from six to nine and that they were targeted at random in Colorado Springs and nearby Fountain by a man who tried to coax them into sex with promises of money and ice cream.
Prosecutors contend three girls were assaulted during the encounters.
The incidents began shortly after Aaron Lucas' arrival at Fort Carson with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
A Colorado Springs police detective, Fred Walker, has testified the assaults stopped while Aaron Lucas was deployed to Afghanistan.
Lucas received the Bronze Star, the fourth-highest honor given to members of the military, for valor during a deployment to Afghanistan.
In his four years of active duty, Lucas amassed a glowing military resume including 10 medals and awards.
He is being held at El Paso County jail on $1.2 million bond. He goes on trial in January and could face life behind bars if convicted.
A judge in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has said she will allow Lucas to blame his twin brother.
District Judge David Shakes ruled Friday it would be 'inappropriate' to bar 1st Lt. Aaron Lucas' lawyers from presenting his identical twin as an alternate suspect given the siblings' shared DNA.
'Whether it's persuasive or not that's not my role,' the judge said. 'It's the role of the jury.'
Karen Steinhauser, a criminal defense attorney and adjunct law professor at the University of Denver, told The Associated Press such an argument is rare.
'I have never seen it, ever,' she said. 'The only time I have seen it was on Law And Order: SVU,' the television show.
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