3 Teens Charged In Death Of Amy Joyner-Francis
Three teens involved in the assault that led to the death of 16-year-old Amy Joyner-Francis, have been formally charged, Delaware Online reports.
According to a medical examiner, Joyner-Francis did not die as a result of injuries sustained during the beating, which occurred inside of the girl’s bathroom of Howard High School of Technology. Instead, she suffered from a pre-existing heart condition that was exacerbated by the violent attack. She did not die of blunt force trauma as previously reported.
“In layman’s terms, the Medical Examiner determined that Amy died from a cardiac incident that she was vulnerable to because of a pre-existing heart condition, but the cardiac incident would not have occurred if she had not been assaulted,” a statement from the Attorney General’s Office reads.
The state Attorney General’s Office reviewed footage of the attack and found that only one of the girls, 16-year-old Trinity Carr, actually hit Joyner-Francis “what appears to be a closed fist.” Carr is seen on video punching the victim in the head and chest. Carr has been charged with criminally negligent homicide, which is punishable by up to 8 years behind bars. Due to the serious nature of the crime, prosecutors are seeking to try her as an adult. The other two girls, Zion Snow and Chakeira Wright, can be seen on camera pushing Joyner-Francis. They have been charged with third-degree criminal conspiracy, which is punishable by up to one year in prison. They will be charged as juveniles in Family Court.
Communication between the three defendants shows that the fight was, in fact, premeditated. Footage captured during the fight shows Carr exiting the bathroom while Joyner-Francis attempts to stand up before collapsing. When paramedics arrived on the scene, she was unresponsive and shortly after, she went into cardiac arrest.