COLUMBUS, Ohio — The family of a woman who was killed during a fight that police say started over a skimpy Easter outfit — jean shorts and a green T-shirt tied up around her midriff — said yesterday that her style was well known among relatives.
Danielle Pickens often wore short skirts to the holiday gatherings hosted by her older second cousin, Evelyn Burgess, said Pickens’s sister, Ralinda, and uncle, Tico.
“The way she was dressed that day is the way she always dressed, and everybody knew that,’’ Tico Pickens, 33, said. “It wasn’t like she meant any harm toward nobody by doing it. It was just comfortable to her.’’
Police say Burgess got into a fight with Danielle Pickens over her attire, then shot her outside the house Sunday night. Pickens, 19, died at a hospital early the next day.
Burgess, 42, is charged with one count of murder. Franklin County Municipal Court Judge William Pollitt set Burgess’s bond at $500,000 during a court appearance yesterday.
A woman who called 911 after the shooting told the dispatcher she shot her niece. The woman does not give her name. The woman says in the 911 call that she got a gun to prove a point during an argument and the weapon went off.
Evelyn Burgess was angry at Danielle over her outfit and accused her of flaunting her looks around the men at the party, including Burgess’s husband, Ralinda Pickens said.
A fight broke out with Evelyn Burgess and Danielle struggling with a baseball bat, then ended as Ralinda Pickens broke things up, got her sister outside, and prepared to drive her home.
The sisters were in the car when Burgess came running up with a gun, reached inside the car, pulled Danielle by the hair, and shot her, Ralinda Pickens said.