EXCLUSIVE: Gwinnett brothers accused of trying to kill parents may not go to trial

Gwinnett brothers' attack on parents, one year later

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- It was one of Gwinnett County’s most high-profile crimes, but new exclusive information obtained by 11Alive’s Valerie Hoff indicates that the case of two brothers accused of trying to kill their parents may not go to trial.

It’s been a year since then 17-year-old Cameron and 22-year-old Christopher Ervin were arrested and charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault and other felonies. Investigators accused the brothers of trying to kill their parents by drugging them, beating them and attempting to blow up their home. 

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The brothers have spent the last year at a Gwinnett County jail, where an attorney for Christopher, Tom Clegg, told 11Alive they haven’t had much contact because they’re being kept separate. 

The brothers each have their own separate attorneys, and Clegg told 11Alive on Tuesday afternoon he’s hoping to resolve his client’s case without going to trial. He’s aiming to have the case closed by Thanksgiving. 

Meanwhile, documents indicate Cameron’s attorney has filed numerous motions in the case and has asked for a psychological evaluation for his client.  

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Christopher and Cameron were accused of setting into motion on Sept. 5, 2015 a plot to kill their parents. That day, Yvonne Ervin made a chilling call to 911, begging for help as her husband Zach, who’d been stabbed by one of the brothers, lay bleeding downstairs.

“Please send someone to the house! My children are trying to kill me,” Yvonne can be heard in the 911 tapes. “They’ve attacked me and my husband, they drugged us with Xanax, they’ve attacked us. They’re trying to kill us.

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But just two weeks after the crime, 11Alive News found the parents, Zach and Yvonne, visiting their sons in jail, still bruised from the attack.

“We just want the world to know that we forgive our sons, we love our sons. We want the world to do the same,” they told reporters. “We have unconditional love and forgiveness for our sons.”

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Back in January, Yvonne sent a handwritten letter to the judge telling him her sons were raised to be polite and respectful, and did not belong behind bars. However, Christopher and Cameron are still being held in in Gwinnett County jail, where their parents continue to visit them on a weekly basis.

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