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No charges in Circleville beating death

Joe Centers • Jul 6, 2013 at 12:07 PM

No one will be charged in the death of a 21-year-old Circleville woman during a neighborhood street brawl involving at least nine people on March 28.

Authorities lack evidence to charge any juvenile in the death of Brittany Jeffers, and a grand jury refused to indict any adults after considering charges of involuntary manslaughter, said Pickaway County Prosecutor Judy Wolford.

Four adults and four juveniles -- four from each warring faction -- were arrested on rioting charges after Jeffers' death.An autopsy determined that she died from bleeding in the brain caused by a ruptured cerebral artery. However, there is no solid evidence showing how Jeffers suffered the fatal wound or who, if anyone, inflicted it, Wolford said yesterday.

Members of Jeffers' family who witnessed the fight said she was punched and kicked in the head by a teenage boy whom Jeffers' mother earlier had identified to police as trying to break into a nearby house.

Aggravated-rioting charges were dismissed previously against three adults; only Nicole Leasure, 37, of Circleville, still faces such a charge, a fourth-degree felony carrying up to 18 months in prison.

Delinquency cases against two juveniles have been resolved with sentences of short detention-center stays, and cases against two others are pending in Pickaway County Juvenile Court.

Emily Harvey, Jeffers' mother, said the brawl began when a teenage girl yelled threats at Harvey's family after Harvey had reported the girl's brother to police as an attempted-burglary suspect.

Wolford said Harvey and her family are upset that no charges will be filed in Jeffers' death. Harvey could not be reached to comment.Circleville Police Chief Wayne Gray did not respond to telephone messages seeking comment.




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