Derris Lewis Continues Recovery After Being Cleared In Twin's Mu

Derris Lewis Continues Recovery After Being Cleared In Twin's Murder

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - You might remember the name Derris Lewis.

His twin brother, Dennis, was murdered six years ago.

Derris spent a year in jail at the age of 18, while he stood trial for his brother's murder.

The prosecution's case centered on what police identified as a bloody palm print found on a wall of the Lewis home on Loretta Avenue. But during the trial, it was made clear that the palm print was on the wall before the murder occurred.

He was set free, and after the mistrial, a settlement resulted in the city paying Derris nearly $1 million for the mistake.

Now, years after losing his best friend, Derris has big news. He is a college graduate.

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He graduated this month from The Ohio State University, and will now start his search for a new career.

"It was exciting to see my mother and my family to see what I've been through and come now," he said.

Very soon, the public will get the read his story with a new book titled "Twin: A True Story."

Derris worked with author April Johnston to write about the twin boys growing up, the murder, the trial, and his next move.

"Reading the story, I didn't recognize it was me and my brother, my family. Angry, I said, 'Hold up. This book is me.' It really hit me," he said.

At age 24, Derris is ready for a new chapter.

His major, marriage and family therapy, is something he believes fits his past – helping someone who needs it.

He said he hopes his story is a start for someone.

"Not only what I've been through, but look at their own life. Hey, this guy made it out literally with all odds against him," he said.

Derris said he still gets stares and questions, but he is planning to leave Ohio at some point to start fresh. But, he said, he'll never let go of his brother.

"I'm proud of myself. I've come this far, and I'm going to continue," he said. "Whatever I do, I do it for myself and Dennis."

The murderer is still unknown, and police said they still have the case, but that there are very few tips being received.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 614-645-4545.

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