The preliminary hearing for the three women charged in the June 22 fights that broke out at the Dollar Tree on Buena Vista Road was continued until next week.
Tyeisha Hightower, 30, Jada Williamson, 19, and Chanelle Broughton, 28, appeared in court Friday morning to face one count of disorderly conduct, but the judge continued the hearing until 9 a.m. Tuesday when he learned that there were no witnesses in court.
Hightower’s 14-year-old daughter was also charged with disorderly conduct in connection with the incident. Her case is being handled in Juvenile Court.
“We are going to need to cross-examine, so I need to have someone here from Dollar Tree,” Judge Julius Hunter said.
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Columbus police were called to a Steam Mill Road home around 8:10 p.m. June 22 to speak with a group of women about an altercation at the Dollar Tree at 4105 Buena Vista Road.
They said they were involved in an ongoing dispute with another group of people they saw at the Rainbow Foods grocery store on Buena Vista Road, authorities said.
“They had an ongoing altercation with some people, and they followed them over to the Dollar Tree,” he said. “When they were in the store, they started using verbal language and went to abusing each other.”
Hightower told the Ledger-Enquirer on June 29 that she was walking away from Rainbow Foods with her daughter and a group of friends when a woman with another group of people bumped into her.
She said the group followed her and her friends as they walked into the Dollar Tree. She said they made rude remarks and threw items at her as she walked around the store.
Hightower said she tried to avoid a confrontation, but she had to defend herself and her daughter. Multiple fights broke out in the store around 7:30 p.m.
No one was seriously injured, officials said.
A video of the fight that was recorded on Facebook Live went viral in five days with more than 186,000 views and 2,500 shares. It reached more than 250,000 views and 2,700 shares by Friday afternoon.
Williamson and Broughton, who also pleaded not guilty, declined to comment after court.