Alleged Walmart attacker faces judge, remains in jail

by: Kerry Kavanaugh Updated:

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A Stone Mountain woman, accused of starting a wild fight inside a Walmart nail salon, told a judge Tuesday she only somewhat understands the charges against her.

But Gwinnett County police said cellphone video of the attack explains it all.

The video shows a melee inside The Regal Nail Salon. A customer told Channel 2 Action News she began shooting it when the situation got out of control.

It happened Monday, Nov. 21 at the Walmart on Centerville Highway in Snellville.

"I had nothing to do with it," Ashley Corbett, 17, told Channel 2.

Corbett shared photos of her shattered teeth and sliced chin after a porcelain bowl was thrown into her face. Police said Corbett was an innocent bystander.

Gwinnett County police said they viewed the cellphone video.


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They said a security guard wrote down the license plate of the woman who they believe started the fight and ran off.

On  Monday, prosecutors charged Monnessia Wright with fighting in public and aggravated assault, according to police.

On Tuesday, Wright made her first appearance in court. When the judge asked if she understood the charges against her she responded, "Somewhat, to a certain degree, yes sir."

She requested a public defender, saying she didn't have the money to hire an attorney.

"No, your honor I do not. I'm a single mother of two children right now. One of which is disabled," Wright told the judge.


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The Corbett family said Wright was acting belligerent in the nail salon, complaining about prices.

Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh went to Wright's Stone Mountain home to see if she could speak to any of her family. No one was home.

Kavanaugh also requested an interview with her in jail, but hasn't heard back yet.

Police said the dish caused $10,000 in damage to the Corbett's teeth. Wright's now being held on a $14,000 cash bond. She is due back in court next week.