DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Twins accused of murdering a man who once played basketball at East Carolina Universityagain had their bond denied on Friday morning.
Durham Police arrested the 26-year-old twins and charged them with killing Christopher Alexander Turner, 27, early Thursday morning in the 400 block of East Piedmont Avenue.
Ari and Jordan Shlasinger were denied bond before a magistrate Thursday.
On Friday, the twins’ attorney asked for bond after saying the twins saw themselves on CBS North Carolina and turned themselves in. He said they left work and surrendered.
But bond for the twins was denied. The state asked for no bond because the state has not decided if this will be a death penalty case.
The Shlasinger’s attorney, Julian Hall, said the situation is “very tragic…for all parties involved.”
Ari and Jordan’s mother said they’re innocent.
“There is no way that it’s them. Absolutely 100 percent not. I think it’s mistaken identity,” said Chrystal Austin.
Officers were dispatched to the 400 block of East Piedmont Avenue shortly after 3 a.m. Thursday. When they arrived, they found Turner lying in the yard suffering from a gunshot wound.
Turner was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died.
Turner’s step-brother told CBS North Carolina that Turner had just been released from prison after serving 18 months. He said that the shooting was not gang-related, but payback for a 2013 robbery.
“He ain’t deserve that,” Kellen Corley, Turner’s stepbrother. “Killed that man for nothing.”
Turner was shot three times, twice in the chest and once in the back, according to the step-brother.
Turner, who Durham native who was a basketball standout at Northern Durham High, played in 10 games for East Carolina in the 2009-10 season, averaging 4.3 points.
“He was just a good guy,” said Cindy Kane, a family member. “He was a real good kid.”
Ari and Jordan Shlasinger’s next court date is May 5.