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UPDATE: Arraignment in Circleville Beating Death

Updated: Friday, March 29 2013, 06:37 PM EDT
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.


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.


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


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.


Reporter:  Adam Aaro
UPDATE: Arraignment in Circleville Beating Death

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