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A fight between five people over a dog ended with four arrests.

The three of the people were arrested on charges of aggravated battery.

As Cordero Brister, 21, and Fredric Brown fought over the dog on March 23, according to an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office arrest record, a .22-calibre handgun fell out of Brister’s pants.

When the men fell to the ground, Cornelius Brister, 21, Cordero’s brother, took the handgun and hit Brown in the head twice. Lillie Bellamy, Brown’s wife, broke up the fight.

According to the report, Christina Demps, 31, and Aronah McKinnon, 29, then started kicking Brown. Demps cut him near his lip with the heel of her boot.

A medical examination showed Brown had multiple bruises, cuts and fractures from all four people.

After the fight, Brown and Bellamy walked toward the door of the apartment and looked back to see Cornelius Brister pointing the gun at Brown.

Bellamy begged Brister and said, “Please don’t shoot my husband.” Then, the report said, the brothers left.

Demps was arrested on March 23, the Brister brothers were arrested Monday and McKinnon was arrested Tuesday.

Neither Brister brother should have been carrying a gun as they are both convicted felons, according to the report. Cordero Brister has been charged with drug possession and battery, and Cornelius Brister has been charged with assault and aggravated battery. Both have been charged with possession of a weapon.

In the report, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office detective William Beck said he went to the first appearance Tuesday because he felt both Cornelius and Cordero Brister would be dangerous to Bellamy and Brown if they were released.

He said after he testified in court about both brothers being in the Bloods gang, their mother and McKinnon followed Beck out of the courtroom and harassed him about what he said.

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According to the report, Bristers’ mother said, “You better walk, Detective Beck.”

All four defendants are still in jail.

Contact Ben Brasch at bbrasch@alligator.org.

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