Woman Involved in Downtown Mall Assault Appears in Court

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A woman involved in a fight on Charlottesville’s downtown mall that garnered national attention made her first court appearance Thursday morning. Jeanne Doucette was first considered one of the victims in the downtown mall assault case - but now she's facing charges too.

Doucette appeared in Charlottesville General District Court Thursday morning. Doucette is charged with misdemeanor assault for her part in what happened December 20.

According to police, Doucette and  her friend Marc Adams were walking when Adams tripped and a group of men laughed. That's when a verbal confrontation turned physical.

Charlottesville police first charged 25-year-old Malcolm Stevenson and 23-year-old Richard Spears with misdemeanor assault after the alleged assault on the downtown mall. Stevenson in turn filed  misdemeanor assault charges against Adams and Spears files the same charges against Doucette. 

Both Doucette and Adams are scheduled to be back in court on March 21.

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