If a script writer for a network television alphabet show (CSI, NCIS, etc.) isn't already working on an episode inspired by Aaron and Brian Lucas, you can bet one will get underway shortly. Aaron, a decorated former soldier who'd been stationed at Fort Carson, tried blaming his identical twin, Brian, for sex assaults he'd been accused of committing based on DNA evidence. In the end, Aaron pleaded guilty to some crimes -- but now Brian has been arrested on charges that are, well, identical to ones initially filed against his brother. Photos, video and the weird details below.
A CNN piece from this past November (see it below) sets the scene of a story that first came to most of the world's attention via reporting at the Colorado Springs Gazette. In late 2012, Aaron, the 32-year-old winner of a Bronze Star for valor owing to his actions during combat in Afghanistan, was arrested in Colorado on suspicion of committing multiple sexual assaults against children between the ages of six and nine in Fountain, Colorado Springs and El Paso County over a two-year period beginning in 2010 -- a period that synced up with his presence at Fort Carson.
But when law enforcers plugged Aaron's DNA sample into a national database, they registered hits in two other locations: Madison, Alabama, and Texarkana, Texas.
In the end, Aaron was charged with a jaw-slackening 27 counts. Charges included second-degree kidnapping with a sex offense on a child, aggravated sexual assault on a child and more.
But once Aaron's defense got rolling, his team made a surprising claim: Brian, Aaron's identical twin, was actually guilty of the crimes.
Absurd? Not necessarily. The DNA of identical twins is virtually indistinguishable -- which is why a judge in the case actually allowed Aaron to name Brian, as well as a third man, as a potential suspect.
This gambit wasn't entirely successful. CNN notes that Brian had only been to Colorado once, and his visit didn't include El Paso County, making him an unlikely perpetrator of the offenses here. As such, CBS4 reports that Aaron subsequently pleaded guilty to as many as eleven Colorado abductions.
He earned a sentence of twenty years to life.
Now, the twist: On Sunday, Brian was reportedly arrested in Huntsville, Alabama on double counts of first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse.
Both of these charges had originally been filed against Aaron -- so does that mean they pertain to the same incidents and victims? That information hasn't been made public yet, but it certainly seems likely. And if that's the case, police in Alabama believe that both twins were guilty of sex assaults.
Next question: Will Brian argue in court that Aaron actually committed the Alabama assaults, and he's being railroaded as a result of their DNA similarities? Sounds like the makings of a two-part episode.
Look below to see booking photos of Aaron and Brian, followed by the aforementioned CNN piece report about the so-called "evil twin defense."
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More from our Colorado Crimes archive circa May 2013: "Dony Salazar's DNA ties him to rape a month before he stabbed a pregnant woman."