A MAN has made a stunning confession — insisting he committed a 2003 murder that his identical twin brother was jailed for.
“I’m here to confess to a crime I committed that he was wrongly accused of,” Karl Smith, 38, told a Chicago judge last week, as his identical twin, Kevin Dugar, dabbed tears from his eyes from his heavily guarded seat in the courtroom, The New York Post reports.
But could these two brothers — so identical that for years they impersonated each other for fun — simply be pulling a fast one on authorities?
Smith was recently denied an appeal for his 99-year prison sentence as one of four participants in a 2008 home-invasion robbery, in which two people, including a six-year-old boy, were shot but survived.
So in confessing to his brother’s crime, Smith is risking nothing — while offering a glimmer of hope for Dugar, a brother so close to him that they were essentially “one person,” his mum told the Chicago Tribune.
“He’s got nothing to lose,” a sceptical Assistant State’s Attorney Carol Rogala told a judge on Thursday, as the two brothers sat in court, identical in appearance but for their differently coloured prison uniforms.
Judge Vincent Gaughan has not said when he will decide if Smith is just taking an easy fall for his twin.
But if the judge decides in the twins’ favour, Dugar would be given a new trial in the 2003 murder, in which a man died and a woman was injured after a gunman fired into a small crowd of gangsters on a North Side Chicago intersection.
The twins’ mother, Judy Dugar, is certain that Smith is telling the truth.
“He wouldn’t lie about that,” she told the Tribune.
This story originally appeared in The New York Post.