Man Admits Responsibility For A Murder His Identical Twin Went To Prison For 10 Years Ago
"I didn't have the strength to come forward."
One man's secret has been eating away at him for over a decade. According to the Chicago Tribune, Karl Smith recently confessed to a murder that dates back to 2003, which his twin brother, Kevin Dugar, took the fall for.
Smith, 38, states the police found his brother guilty of murdering a man identified as Antwan Carter, because at the time, "We was acting as one. Where I was, he was, acting like each other. He pretended to be me, and I pretended to be him." Smith confessed that he was the one who fired shots into a group of three rival gang members, which ended Carter's life.
Dugar was found guilty of first-degree murder back in 2005 and is serving a 54-year prison sentence. A survivor of the shooting, Ronnie Bolden, identified Dugar as the shooter which was later supported by a then 16-year-old witness. Smith said during his brother's trial, he didn't stand up and confess because he felt his brother would be cleared of the case. "I didn't have the strength to come forward," Smith said. "I thought it was the job of the police to catch me."
The news site also states that three years ago, Smith, who decided to take his mother's maiden name, confessed to his brother in a letter that he was the one who committed the murder, despite the fact that Dugar questioned Smith on whether or not he was the gunman, which Smith denied at the time.
According to the Tribune, Smith is currently serving a 99-year prison sentence for an armed home invasion which led to the shooting death of a 6-year-old boy. "He's got nothing to lose," Assistant State's Attorney Carol Rogala said on Smith's confession.
Judge Vincent Gaughan has yet to decide whether or not Dugar will be granted a new trial.