Mom pleads not guilty in Westchase Elementary brawl

TAMPA — Reginene Hall Legette pleaded not guilty Thursday for her role in a Sept. 29 Westchase Elementary lunchtime brawl.

Hillsborough sheriff's deputies say Legette, 42, walked up to a table where kids were eating and punched Mickey Carney several times on the left side of her face, causing "serious head and facial swelling."

Deputies said Legette, the wife of former Tampa Bay Buccaneer cornerback Tyrone Legette, was intoxicated. They found a cold bottle of wine in her purse.

Deputies said she ran from a deputy, disobeyed 10 commands to stop, jabbed a deputy in the chest, ran into a corporal, screamed profanities at officials and urinated in the school hallway.

Legette was charged with trespassing on school grounds, disorderly intoxication, disrupting an assembly, battery by striking or touching, two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer and obstructing or opposing an officer.

Legette did not appear in court. She entered a written plea.

Her attorney, Ralph Fernandez, said a racial slur hurled at Legette's son triggered the fight and that "someone" struck his client first.

"It's a very complex story that will develop and eventually you will get to hear our side," Fernandez said late Thursday.

Carney, 40, attended the arraignment. "She will be held accountable for her nonsense," Carney said as she left the courtroom.

Judge Robert A. Foster scheduled a status conference for 8:45 a.m. Jan. 12.

Rodney Thrash can be reached at rthrash@sptimes.com or (813) 269-5303.

Mom pleads not guilty in Westchase Elementary brawl 12/18/08 [Last modified: Monday, December 22, 2008 12:26pm]

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