The Brittenum twins from “American Idol” have finally been reunited — albeit in jail, in neighboring states. After being on the lam for a week, Derrell Brittenum, 28, turned himself in to Georgia authorities late Friday and spent the weekend in a Rockdale County, Georgia, cell.
Meanwhile, his smooth-singing twin, Terrell — who has been in the Shelby County, Tennessee, jail since January 10 — changed his mind late Friday and waived extradition to Georgia on theft charges related to the alleged purchase of a car using false identification (see ” ‘American Idol’ Twins Are In Double Trouble With The Law” ). An attorney for Terrell Brittenum told Memphis’ Commercial-Appeal that his client originally asked for a hearing Monday (January 23) to challenge the extradition to Georgia in the case, but then reconsidered.
The Brittenums had outstanding criminal warrants when their “American Idol” audition aired last week. Both had been charged in Rockdale County, Georgia, with forgery, theft by deception and financial identity fraud over the purchase of a 2005 Dodge Magnum last June, which they allegedly made using another man’s identity.
Last week, an “Idol” spokesperson refused to comment on the matter and would not say whether the brothers will appear on future episodes of the show.
The charges against the pair were discovered during a routine traffic stop in Memphis on October 30, when officers ran the tag on the Magnum and discovered that it was stolen and that there was an arrest warrant out on the brothers in Georgia over the incident. Derrell Brittenum was arrested and, in a written statement to police, acknowledged knowing that he was in a stolen car. Terrell was arrested on November 2 on a fugitive charge, with Georgia authorities alleging that he’d given his brother someone else’s financial information to buy the $23,000 car in June.
As the Brittenums await their fate, Terrell remains in jail without bond and Derrell cools his heels in Tennessee on a $30,000 bond.Get your “Idol” fix on MTV News’ “American Idol” page, where you’ll find all the latest news, interviews and opinions.