Rioting charges were dismissed yesterday against three people accused of participating in a neighborhood brawl that resulted in the death of a Circleville woman.
New charges may be filed once a grand jury reviews the case surrounding the death of 21-year-old Brittany Nicole Jeffers, said Pickaway County Prosecutor Judy Wolford.
Jeffers died from bleeding in her brain about 12 hours after she was assaulted during a March 28 street brawl between her family and members of another family.
One adult and four juveniles remain charged in the case in which prosecutors had charged four members of each family who allegedly participated in an argument that turned violent.
No one has been charged in Jeffers’ death pending the submission of the case to the grand jury for potential indictments.
Daniel I. Harris, 26, and Angel M. Haines, 18, both of Circleville, were freed from jail yesterday after charges of aggravated rioting were dismissed. Haines is Jeffers’ stepsister and Harris is her uncle.
Cameron Eby, 20, also was freed from jail yesterday after an aggravated-rioting charge was dismissed. Nicole Leasure, 37, who was released previously on bond, remains charged with aggravated rioting.
Four juveniles remain charged with rioting-related delinquency counts.
Emily Harvey, Jeffers’ mother, said the brawl began when a teenage girl yelled threats at her family. Harvey had told Circleville police about an hour earlier that the girl’s brother tried to break into a house across the street from her home.
Randy Ludlow - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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