Women behind graduation ceremony brawl released from jail
GONZALES - The four women arrested in connection with a brawl that started during a recent graduation ceremony at East Ascension High School have been released from jail without posting bond, according to online records.
17-year-olds Destiney Thompson and Delencia Williiams, 18-year-old Rodneisha Patterson and 20-year-old Travonshay Mills were released from the jail between 6 and 7 p.m. Tuesday.
On Monday, a judge ordered the women undergo psychiatric evaluation after a bond hearing to determine whether or not they are a threat to the community after their involvement in the violence.
The women were arrested on charges of simple battery and disturbing the peace for their central involvement in a fight that broke out during a graduation ceremony held in East Ascension High’s football stadium on May 11. Video of the fight made its rounds on social media, and detectives used the footage to help them determine who was involved in the brawl. Judge Alvin Turner Jr. called the conduct “just unbelievable” as he reproached the women before him in court.
Police in Gonzales believe the fight originated from an ongoing dispute between Patterson and Thompson over a boyfriend.
Due to a class-action lawsuit filed over bail procedures involving poor defendants facing misdemeanor charges, the Ascension Parish Court and sheriff’s deputies say most misdemeanor defendants are released after they are booked until their court dates. Evaluation by authorities such as in this case allows officials to determine if violent offenders can be released without bond.