Charge against 14-year reduced to manslaughter

The 14-year-old girl charged with murder Sunday had the charge reduced to voluntary manslaughter this morning in Columbus Recorder's Court. Senior Recorder's Court Judge Michael Cielinski reduced the charge after he heard from Columbus Police Sgt. Michael Myhand. According to Myhand, the death of Jesse Favors, the girl's grandfather, stemmed from an altercation the pair had early Sunday. It began when Favors told his granddaughter to go to bed. "She told him that he did not tell her what to do," Myhand said. "He tried to strike her (with a cane), but he missed her." The girl "tackled" her grandfather, and they struggled against a wall. At one point he had her in a choke hold, Myhand told the court."She stated he looked tired," he added. "He fell back into a corner of the wall and was unresponsive." Arrested at her 26th Street home at 4 a.m. Sunday, the girl is being held at the Columbus Regional Youth Detention Center. Cielinski set her bond at $25,000. See Tuesday's Ledger-Enquirer for more on this story.