Woman charged in Halloween fight pleads not guilty

Published 1:28 pm Tuesday, November 16, 2010

An Austin woman who allegedly fractured another woman’s nose by punching and hitting her in the face after a Halloween celebration pleaded not guilty Monday in Mower County Court.

Melissa Jo Marks, 28, is being charged with felony third-degree assault and misdemeanor domestic assault.

Court documents report that Marks was at a house with some friends after a Halloween celebration when she and another woman got into an argument and Marks allegedly started attacking her.

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Witnesses said Marks was on top of the woman punching and scratching her in the face. One of the friends said Marks was the “aggressive one,” while the other woman was trying to “defend herself.”

When officers arrived at the residence, Marks told them “everything was being blown out of proportion” and that the other woman had pulled her hair. The officers observed that Marks’ hair was in disarray, but she was uninjured.

The other woman was taken to Austin Medical Center. She suffered a fractured nose.

Marks will appear in court again on March 17 for her pre-trial. Her jury trial is scheduled for March 28.