A 16-year-old girl on trial with a fatal knife stab failed to appear in Franklin County’s Juvenile Court this morning, where prosecutors moved to try her as an adult. Cierra L. Howard is charged with the murder of Jasmine Goodwin, 17 yesterday afternoon.
A 16-year-old girl on trial with a fatal knife stab failed to appear in Franklin County’s Juvenile Court this morning, where prosecutors moved to try her as an adult.
Cierra L. Howard is charged with the murder of Jasmine Goodwin, 17 yesterday afternoon.
According to Columbus Police, the two girls quarreled after Goodwin went to Howard’s house on Kenview Road in 1837. on the east side.
Sam Shamansky, Howard’s attorney, told a judge this morning that a group of people, including one with a gun, confronted Howard in their home. A number of threats had previously been made to Howard, he said.
?? There needs to be an explanation for a knife being wielded in your home with a group of angry people in your driveway. ?? Shamansky said after the hearing. “I can assure you this is not an unprovoked, malicious, insane attack by an otherwise normal, healthy, well-groomed 16-year-old.”
Shamansky said he did not know what the argument was about. Both girls attended Walnut Ridge High School; Howard had just started there in February.
Howard’s family said they didn’t know who Goodwin was.
Shamansky applied for Howard to be released from house arrest, but that application was denied by Magistrate Hanne Jorgensen. Howard due to appear in court for a likely cause? the first step in the bindover process? on June 9th.
Stacy Slaughter, Howard’s maternal grandmother, said she prayed for Goodwin’s family, who were on trial but did not speak to reporters.
??It is what it is,?? She said. You can’t take it back and we will just keep praying for the family.
?? The baby is dead and that is unfortunate. ??