No Charges in Fatal OH Schoolyard Fight

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A grand jury has declined to bring charges in the death of a father after a schoolyard fight with another man over their students' behavior.

The jurors decided against charging Grant Reese after hearing evidence in the October death of 29-year-old Franklin Jude, Franklin County prosecutor Ron O'Brien said Thursday, two days after the panel met.

Police say Jude was struck in the face and fell, hitting his head on the pavement. He died in the hospital five days later, and a coroner ruled the death a homicide.

The Oct. 10 fight happened after officials at West Broad Elementary in Columbus invited Jude's family and another to separate counseling sessions to talk about problems between their fifth-grade sons.

In the parking lot afterward, Jude and Reese, the boyfriend of the other boy's mother, argued and fought briefly.

Reese's attorney, Steven Larson, said Reese was defending himself. A message was left with Reese through Larson, who said Thursday that Reese never changed his position about what happened that day.

Jude's wife said Thursday she was shocked by the decision.

"I just don't understand what I'm supposed to teach my kids if I can't get any justice out of this," said Jhonda Phillips. "My son's going to grow up knowing this guy didn't get charged for taking his dad away."

Her son is attending a different elementary school.

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