Woman sparks wedding brawl after seeing lover with another woman


A wedding in St. Augustine, Florida became positively rowdy last week when a lover of one of the attendees showed up uninvited to see her man with another woman and let her emotions get the best of her. Shelby McDowell now says she “never intended for it to have gotten so out of control.”

Shelby McDowell, 20, of St. Augustine, said she and Darby Johns had been in a relationship for nearly two years when he told her he was going to a wedding in Palm Coast by himself. That prompted a suspicious McDowell to get a disguise and sneak into the wedding, ultimately leading to a brawl among bridesmaids at the ceremony and her arrest on battery charges on Oct. 21.

“I showed up to the wedding and, in the beginning, I did wear a black wig,” McDowell told the Palm Beach Post in an email. “This was only so that nobody would recognize me. I just wanted to find out what was going on, unnoticed, and leave.”

But McDowell spotted Johns with another woman — and her “emotions took over,” she said.

“I watched [Darby and the woman] with their arms around each other, laughing, drinking, and even kissing,” McDowell’s email continued. “When they got up … to walk to the dance floor is when my emotions took over. I picked up a drink, walked to where they were, and poured the drink, intended for Darby, on them.”

McDowell said she’s “very apologetic” toward the bride and groom since the incident marred their big day.

“I never intended for it to have gotten so out of control,” she told the newspaper.

The woman with Darby told deputies that McDowell also punched her in the face before running to the bathroom, where McDowell claims four women from the bridal party dragged her out of a stall, WKMG reports.

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