Mother of twin suspects in Durham murder: It's mistaken identity

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Twin murder suspects make court appearance.

The mother of the twin brothers facing charges in the murder of a former college athlete says this is a case of mistaken identity.

Police have charged Ari Shlasinger and Jordan Shlasinger, both 26, with the death of 27-year-old Christopher Alexander Turner, of Durham.

Early Thursday morning, authorities found Turner lying in a yard in the 400 block of East Piedmont Avenue. He was suffering from a gunshot wound and was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Turner was a former guard for East Carolina University's men's basketball team.

Hours later, authorities arrested Ari Shlasinger and Jordan Shlasinger, and placed them in the Durham County Jail.

During their first court appearance Friday morning, a person acting as their attorney said the suspects were at work at Belk and Target when they learned they were wanted by police.

Ari Shlasinger and Jordan Shlasinger

The twin's mother told ABC11 that police have the wrong guys.

"It's a shock," Crystal Austin said. "I am in shock. This is out of nowhere. I feel it is mistaken identity."

The magistrate did not set a bond for the pair. The brothers' next hearing is scheduled for May 5.

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