Testimony recalls brawl that left women slashed

By From page A3 | December 05, 2012

FAIRFIELD — A bloody brawl outside a Fairfield restaurant that involved three women was the subject of a probable cause hearing Tuesday for a pair of sisters who face felony assault charges.

Alexandria and Autumn Butler, both 22, went into a restaurant in the Gateway shopping area on the evening of March 20 and confronted the victim as she was enjoying happy hour with a friend, according to testimony at the hearing. Harsh words were exchanged and restaurant staff quickly told the women to take their dispute somewhere else.

It was unclear from witness accounts to police who started the dispute once it moved into the parking lot, but in the end it was clear who got the worst end of the fight. The victim ended up with slash wounds on both of her legs. One cut required 38 stitches to close, the other took 20 stitches, the victim testified. She said she had previous confrontations with one of the sisters.

The victim said she threw one of the sisters to the ground and within seconds had the other one in a headlock. The fight moved to a car in the parking lot where the sisters surrounded the victim in the car, according to testimony. A witness saw Alexandria Butler wielding a box cutter, which police found later in the Butlers’ car after the fight was over, according to testimony.

A witness to the fight used a cellphone to make a video recording of the fight, which was turned over to police. Judge Wendy Getty wanted to watch the video in her chambers before ruling whether or not the sisters should stand trial on felony assault charges.

Getty ordered the sisters to return to court Dec. 13. They are out of jail on $25,000 bail.

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Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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