I’ll admit right up front that I am a forensic crime buff. Yes, I like shows like NCIS and yes I know that they are not realistic, but I also like the crime shows that follow real police and forensic scientists. If I was entering college these days, I would definitely pursue a career in forensics and that’s why the case of 1st Lt Aaron Lucas caught my attention.
Lucas is an Army artillery officer stationed at Fort Carson, just south of Colorado Springs. At the moment, he is being held for trial on charges of lewd encounters with 11 young girls in the Pike’s Peak area. Lucas was apprehended in the area after being spotted at a drinking fountain after the acts were reported.
During the subsequent investigation, police found that Lucas’s DNA matched that of a suspect wanted for a sexual assault on a young girl in Madison, Alabama back in 2007. In that crime, the girl also described her attacker as driving a black car that looked like an Acura sedan. The DNA also links Lucas to the 2009 sexual attack on young girl in Texarkana, Texas and the abduction of an 8 year old girl in Colorado Springs.
In today’s judicial system, DNA is as good as gold in locking up most criminal cases. However, it may not be so cut and dried in Lucas’s case since his twin brother Brian also shares the same DNA. Even though Brian denies any involvement in the crimes, the defense wants the jury to know about the shared DNA of the twin brothers. It also turns out that his brother Brian also drives a black Acura that also matches the description of the girl in Alabama.
Fourth Judicial District Judge David Shakes just ruled in the defense’s favor in allowing the submission of the twin brother. They intend to give sufficient cause for probable doubt that the crimes could have been committed by the lieutenant’s brother, but no one can say for certain which brother committed the crimes.
You see scenarios like this on the TV shows, but it doesn’t happen that often in real life that twins not only share the same DNA but drive similar cars and one is charged with a crime. If the jury acquits 1st Lt Lucas because of reasonable doubt stemming from him having a twin, that could open the door for other identical twins to get away with committing crimes because of the precedent set in this case. If they find him guilty anyway, will he have reasonable grounds for appeal because of his twin? This case could be more important than many people realize.
If both twins were in all of the locations at the same time, how would you rule if you were a juror?