4 women plead not guilty to vicious Belltown beating
SEATTLE - Four women stood before a King County judge Thursday morning to deny allegations they beat a woman so badly her eyes were swollen shut, leaving her bleeding and half naked.
The judge released all the women from jail except for Adrienne Lynn Devorce, who is the alleged aggressor.
Kristen Marie Devorce, Charquella Dutchess Gardner and Cassiana Jean Halloway were ordered to stay away from the victim and are banned from entering Belltown.
Halloway's mother, Sharon Neal, claims the victim was intoxicated and said something to instigate the attack. She emphatically touts her daughter's innocence.
Asked how her daughter wound up at the scene of the attack and under suspicion for taking part in it, Neal said, "I don't believe it. She's trying to rescue her friends - just trying to tell them to come on, and they're not listening."
Gardner's mother also attended the arraignment and said her daughter did not participate in the fighting.
Officers working a violence-prevention emphasis patrol in Belltown shortly after 2 a.m. on Oct. 6 were called to a fight in the 2300 block of Second Avenue.
They arrived to find the victim covering herself on the ground while she was attacked by four women, according to the police report for the incident.
The victim's face was completely swollen and bleeding and both her eyes were swollen shut. She was having difficulty standing and talking and was missing her pants and shoes.
Before being transported to Swedish Hospital for treatment, the victim told officers she and a male friend were walking home when a group of women started yelling at them.
According to the report, one of the women punched the victim in the face, knocking her to the ground, and the other three started punching and kicking her.
The victim's male friend told officers he tried to protect the victim by lying on top of her while she was being attacked, and he was punched and kicked, as well.
The four women were arrested at the scene for investigation of aggravated assault, but none of them would say why they attacked the victim, according to the report.