Judge: Sex assault suspect allowed to blame twin

AP News
Posted: Nov 16, 2013 7:00 PM

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A judge says an Army officer linked by DNA to several sexual assaults on young girls will be allowed to blame his twin brother at trial for attacks in two states.

The Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1agdX2C) that District Judge David Shakes ruled Friday it would be "inappropriate" to bar 1st Lt. Aaron Lucas' attorneys from presenting his identical twin as an alternate suspect, given their shared DNA.

Attorneys for the Colorado officer say investigators picked the wrong Lucas after discovering a DNA link to an unsolved attack on a young girl in Madison, Ala., in 2007, and another in Texarkana, Texas, in 2009. They assert those cases involve Lucas' twin brother, who hasn't been charged.

Shakes will allow the out-of-state evidence at trial.

Brian Lucas could not be reached for comment Saturday but investigators have said he has denied involvement.

Aaron Lucas also has denied luring or trying to lure 11 girls into his vehicle in Colorado between 2009 and 2012. His attorneys did not return a message left by The Associated Press on Saturday.


Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com