Prosecutors outline possible motive in 24-year-old woman's brutal beating outside nightclub

Thursday, August 29, 2019
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Hollie Carter and Jordie Holt have been arrested, according to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, and charged with aggravated battery in connection with the Aug. 3 incident at The Scene. (Source: Richmond County)

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- The two women arrested and charged in the brutal beating of a 24-year-old woman outside an Augusta nightclub had their bond set Friday morning.

Jordie Holt, who is charged with aggravated battery and making terroristic threats, and Hollie Carter, who is charged with only aggravated battery, received a bond of $50,000 a piece.

The women have also been ordered to have no contact with the victim, no alcohol, no attending nightclubs, no social media use, and a curfew has been imposed from 9pm-7am.

Both are being charged in the incident that left 24-year-old Brittany Stevens injured so badly that she had to get a titanium plate inserted into her eye socket.

Stevens' mom, Donna Joyner, addressed the judge in Friday morning's hearing. She said her daughter is still recovering from her injuries and needs glasses to see. She also said her daughter is unable to see out of her injured eye when she looks to the left, and has double vision when she looks down.

"Multiple witnesses, people that do not know the victim, people that don't know the defendants, indicate she is essentially sitting on the railing with one leg on one side, one leg on the other side, with both hands on the railing, attempting to get over. And at that point, Miss Holt then just basically comes up and punches her in the face," said District Attorney Natalie Paine.

Holt and Carter's attorney Michelle Harrison said witnesses have painted her a different picture.

"We then have witnesses that have gotten in contact with me, where they're saying [Stevens] actually scaled the wall to get to them," said Harrison.

Harrison also said the pair had no prior convictions and have been cooperating with investigators from the beginning.

As for motive, the DA's office believes Carter and her boyfriend had broken up the day before the alleged incident. Officials say the ex-boyfriend was at the club that night and had a brief interaction with Stevens. That's when she said Carter left the club crying. Shortly after, Holt and Carter verbally confronted Stevens.

Joyner and Paine both said Stevens didn't know the girls prior to the incident.

A third person, Michael Gordon, appeared at the hearing on charges of making a false statement to investigators.

According to officials, Gordon told deputies a black male ran up to Brittany Stevens and hit her with his knee, knowing the information was untrue.

Gordon had already been released on bond, but he entered a not guilty plea as well on Friday.

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