Floyd released after bail cut to $5,000

Friday, August 15, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:44 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

The owner of Columbia Climbing Gym, who was arraigned on first-degree involuntary manslaughter charges Thursday afternoon, was released from Boone County Jail later in the day after posting a reduced bond.

Marcus Floyd, who was charged in connection with the death of Christine Ewing, who fell from a portable climbing wall at a Mid-Missouri Mavericks’ game, was originally held on $50,000 bond.

Floyd requested a 90 percent drop in bail to $5,000, which was granted by Associate Circuit Judge Chris Kelly. Matt Woods, one of Floyd’s attorneys, said the original amount was excessive because he said Floyd is not a flight risk or a threat to public safety.

A conviction on the charge, a class C felony, is punishable by up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

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