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More Arrests in Woman's Beating Death

Updated: Monday, April 1 2013, 11:40 PM EDT
UPDATE:  Two additional people have been charged with aggravated rioting following a fight that led up to the death of Brittany Jeffers.

Jeffers step sister Angel Haines and her uncle Daniel Harris are both now behind bars.

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CIRCLEVILLE -- A community is taking a stand after police say a Circleville mother was beaten to death. 21-year-old Brittany Jeffers passed away after she tried to break up a fight last week.

On Easter, dozens of people marched from Walnut Street near the fight scene to a parking lot across the police station. With signs in their hands, they hoped their message as well as Jeffers’ death will prevent future violence.

Justin Price and Jeffers dated since middle school. Price is the father of their two children, ages four and five. He said she was his girlfriend and best friend.

"We just loved each other so much,” Price said.

Jeffers was trying to defend her 18-year-old sister, Angel Haines.

"After that day, I consider her my hero,” Haines said.

To Jeffers family, the violence is senseless.

"It's not just a justice for Brittany. In memory of Brittany--to change the town,” Betsy Imler said, Jeffers’ cousin.

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Reporter: Jen French
Web Producer: Derek Drake

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UPDATE (10:00 3/29/2013):  A judge in Circleville court has set a bail
amount of $500,000 for both Cameron Eby and Nicole Leasure.

Neither waived their preliminary hearing which is set for April 8th at 3:45 pm.

The family of Brittany Jeffers clapped when the judge issued the bail amount while Leasure screamed expletives to the judge.

The juveniles are expected to be arraigned at 11 a.m.

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UPDATE
(00:25 3/29/2013):  The Circleville Police Chief says officers have
arrested four people in connection with the beating-death of 21-year-old
Brittany Jeffers.

Cameron Eby, 20, and Nicole Leasure, 37, are
both charged with felony aggravated rioting.  A minor is also facing the
same charge.  A second minor is facing a misdemeanor charge of rioting.

Eby and Leasure are scheduled to appear in court Friday morning at 8:30am in Circleville.

Police say this could be the first of many more charges.

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UPDATE (08:30 3/28/2013):  Brittany Jeffers has died for her injuries.

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CIRCLEVILLE - Family members say Brittany Jeffers was brutally attacked after intervening in a fight outside of her home.

It happened at around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday near Washington St. and Walnut St. in Circleville, which is in Pickaway County.

Jeffers
sustained severe head injuries during the attack, according to her
mother.  Jeffers was rushed to Grant Medical Center in Columbus, where
she's said to be in critical condition.

Police still don't know exactly what happened to cause such severe injuries, but witnesses describe a horrific scene.

"She
was just beaten and it was horrible," said Leanna Moore, who lives near
where the beating happened.  "It was probably one of the worst things
I've ever seen," she added.

Circleville Police say a fight broke
out between 21-year-old Brittany Jeffers sister and people living in a
house nearby over the report of an alleged burglary.

Witnesses say Jeffers rushed to help her sister and the other people involved took aim at her.

"After they hit her, she was unconscious and they started kicking her in the head," Moore said.

The mother of two was rushed to the hospital.

"Her
organs are working, but her brain isn't," said Emily Jeffers, the
victim's mother.  "Right now, they consider her brain dead.

Brittany's mother says doctor's are doing everything they can to try and save her little girl.

"They're going to go in.  They don't know where the bleeding is coming from," she said.

Police are looking for up to a half dozen suspects.  At the time this story was written, no charges had been filed.

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Reporter:  Adam AaroMore Arrests in Woman's Beating Death


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