Two adults and two juveniles face riot charges
Four people have been arrested in connection with the death of a Circleville woman. Cameron Eby, 20, and Nicole Leasure, 37, are charged with aggravated riot. Two juveniles were also charged, one of them with aggravated riot the other with riot.
"This is just the first of a lot of things that's going to happen," said Circleville Police Chief Harold Gray. "These people were considered a flight risk."
Gray says they don't anticipate any other arrests in the coming days, but the investigation is far from over.
"I wouldn't expect an arrest tomorrow or the next day. Maybe into next week we may have something else, but this is going to be a long process," Gray said.
Brittany Jeffers was pronounced legally dead around 1 a.m. Thursday. Family members say she was being kept alive so her organs could be donated.
Police were called to the area of Walnut and Washington streets just before 2 p.m. Wednesday on a report of a large fight. Gray said as many as 50 people were gathered in the area when police officers arrived on the scene.
Jeffers' mother, Emily Harvey said the incident was sparked when she called police about a person attempting to break into a home across the street from hers. Harvey said she recognized the person. She thinks that call led to the fatal attack.
She said she called police and gave them a name. It’s a call she now thinks led to her daughters attack.
“I do blame myself. If I never would have got involved my daughter would never have passed away,” said Harvey.
The fight started with Harvey's step-daughter and a woman at the suspects' home. Brittany went to break up the fight and got caught up in it.
"What we do not have at this point is a cause of death," Gray said.
Once they do, it's possible that more charges could be filed.
Gray says there has been "bad blood" between the victim's family and the group involved. He said it involved a relationship, but did not give any other details.
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