Attorney to ask for delay in climbing wall trial

Floyd Marcus, the owner, is charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Sunday, January 25, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 11:38 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

A hearing is scheduled for Monday morning on whether to delay the court case involving the death of a Jefferson City woman who fell from a climbing wall in July.

Patrick Eng, a lawyer representing Marcus Floyd, owner of the portable climbing wall involved in the death, said he intends to ask for a continuance. Floyd is charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter in the death of Christine Ewing, 22, who died while using the climbing wall at a Mid-Missouri Mavericks game.

A continuance would delay the trial date, which is scheduled for Wednesday.

“There are a lot of depositions and further discovery and investigation by both sides that still needs to be done,” Eng said on Friday. “There are about 4,000 pages of reports and 35 witnesses. A continuance is not unusual for a case this size.”

This is the second time the defense has asked for a continuance; the first was on Nov. 17.

Boone County Prosecutor Kevin Crane said he does not plan to oppose the motion.

“The defense wants depositions from people who are out of state and they haven’t had a chance to get them yet,” Crane said.

Ewing died from head and back injuries after the cable supporting her snapped, and she fell at least 20 feet.

A conviction of first-degree involuntary manslaughter, a felony, is punishable by up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

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