Trial for wall owner pushed to mid-June

Tuesday, April 6, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:28 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Marcus Floyd, the owner of a climbing wall from which a 22-year-old Jefferson City woman fell to her death last July, won’t stand trial until mid-June.

Citing the need to gather more information and continue interviewing witnesses — a process known as discovery — Boone County prosecuting attorney Kevin Crane and Dave Eblen, a representative of the law firm that is representing Floyd, asked Circuit Court Judge Gene Hamilton to postpone the trial date, originally scheduled for May 4. Hamilton granted the request for a continuance and set June 15 as the new date.

Crane and Eblen agreed that Floyd’s trial should last no longer than three days. Several media outlets, including Court TV, have already requested access to Hamilton’s courtroom during the trial.

Floyd, 31, is charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter in the death of Christine Ewing. Ewing died July 15, a day after falling more than 20 feet from a portable climbing wall owned by Floyd. If convicted, Floyd could face up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

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