Plot Twist: This Identical Twin Confessed to a 2003 Murder That Landed His Brother in Prison

Karl Smith stunned a court when he confessed to a murder that his twin brother had already spent more than 10 years in jail for.
"I'm here to confess to a crime I committed that he was wrongly accused of," Smith, 38, told Leighton Criminal Court in Chicago, Illinois, of the crime his brother Kevin Dugar, has been in custody for since 2003.
His confession left the men's mother, Judy Dugar, in tears in the courtroom gallery, while his brother wiped tears from his eyes.
However, prosecutors questioned the courtroom confession, pointing out that Smith only spoke out after his own admission for a separate attempted murder was upheld by an appeals court, with him serving a 99-year prison sentence for a home invasion and armed robbery in which a 6-year-old boy was shot in the head in 2008.
"He's got nothing to lose," Assistant State's Attorney Carol Rogala said of the courtroom claim.
Judge Vincent Gaughan will decide if Dugar should be given a new trial at a date yet to be confirmed.
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Plot Twist: This Identical Twin Confessed to a 2003 Murder That Landed His Brother in Prison

But his brother may not be getting out anytime soon.

Published September 26, 2016

Last week in Chicago, a 38-year-old made a shocking confession at the Leighton Criminal Court Building. Karl Smith (above, right) admitted that he was responsible for the 2003 murder that landed his identical twin brother, Kevin Dugar (above, left), behind bars

“I’m here to confess to a crime I committed that he was wrongly accused of,” Smith said to the court room full of people, including a teary eyed Dugar.

Dugar has been in custody since 2003 for a shooting that resulted in the death of Antwan Carter and the injuring of Ronnie Bolden. In the trial itself, evidence against Dugar was extremely shaky. Most of the case relied on the eye witness statements of Bolden and 16-year-old Monique Boykins. However, Boykins recanted her statement during the trial.

Bolden was part of a gang called the Black Stones.

Bolden did identify Dugar as the shooter. However both brothers were present during the shooting, but not for the lineup.

Smith and Dugar (who have different last names because Smith adopted their mother’s maiden name) grew up nearly inseparable. Even in the court room on Thursday, the only difference between the two was their jumpsuits. So, it would make sense that Bolden identified the wrong twin 13 years ago.

However, Cook County prosecutors have suspicion that this confession may not be 100 percent legitimate. At the time of the confession, Smith was already serving a 99-year sentence for a 2008 armed robbery. He only made the confession after his appeal to overturn his conviction was denied.

Assistant State's Attorney Carol Rogala thinks that when it comes to admitting to a crime to save his brother, "he's got nothing to lose.”

If Judge Vincent Gaughan believes Smith’s statements, then Dugar will be given a new trial for the crime.

Smith never said anything about this crime until he wrote his brother a letter in 2013.

"I have to get it off my chest before it kills me," Smith wrote in the letter. "So I'll just come clean and pray you can forgive me. … I'm the one who shot and killed those two Black Stones on Sheridan that night."

Smith also admitted that he didn’t come forward sooner because he did not have the strength to do so.

Although some doubt whether or not Smith is telling the truth, their mother believes that he would never lie about such a thing, not even to protect his brother. 

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photos: Illinois DoC/Splash News)

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