Four adults were arraigned Wednesday in connection with a neighborhood brawl that led to the death of a Circleville woman.
Brittany Jeffers, 21, died after she was beaten by up to eight people during a dispute in the area of Walnut and Washington streets in Circleville at about 1:30 p.m. on March 27.
Cameron Eby, 20, Nicole Leasure, 37, Angel Haines, 18, and Daniel Harris, 26, appeared in court Wednesday morning, charged with aggravated rioting. Bond for each was set at $100,000.
According to police, Haines is Jeffers' step-sister, and Harris is Jeffers' uncle.
Harris' attorney said his client was coming to the aid of Jeffers and Haines after they were attacked and beaten during the riot.
"To have the same bond requested by the prosecutor's office for the uncle of the deceased who came to her aid that day as two people who may be charged with a higher charge is troubling," said defense attorney Mark Collins.
A pre-trial hearing for each was set for May 10.
The adults were previously charged and arraigned in Pickaway County Municipal Court, but the charges were dropped and re-filed in Pickaway County Common Pleas Court.
Two juveniles were also charged after the riot, but were not yet arrested.
A 17-year-old boy is also charged with delinquency by aggravated rioting, and a 16-year-old girl is charged with rioting.
The juveniles were detained until a hearing on April 11.
Police said the fight was a result of a neighborhood break-in.
"There was a burglary called in, an allegation of who it was, police responded, had they arrested that person, we may not be here today," Collins said.
But Police Chief Harold Gray said that neighbor would not press charges, and that the juvenile who allegedly tried to break into the home didn't get inside.
When asked why no one has been charged in Jeffers' death, Gray said, "Anything related to the death, we will not do anything until we have the coroner's report, the autopsy and the cause of death and then the prosecutor's office will determine what charges are necessary if any."