( 4UMF NEWS ) Three Teens Charged In Fatal Assault On Student:
Three teenage girls were charged in the fatal assault of a 16-year-old Delaware girl in a bathroom at their school, officials said Monday.
Amy Inita Joyner-Francis died after the brawl last month at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, according to police.
Prosecutors filed charges of criminally negligent homicide against Trinity Carr, 16, and third-degree criminal conspiracy against Zion Snow and Chakeira Wright, according to a statement released Monday by the state Department of Justice.
Authorities will push to try Trinity as an adult “because of the severity of her offense,” D.O.J. officials said. Yet prosecutors will try the other teens in family court because neither have any prior offenses “and because they did not physically assault Amy.”
Medical examiners ruled Amy’s death a cardiac failure stemming from a heart defect with a contributing factor of physical and emotional stress from the assault.
“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,” officials with the D.O.J. said.
Prosecutors said that although all three girls planned to fight Amy April 21, only Trinity actually hit her. Her charges carry up to eight years behind bars if she’s convicted, while the other teens’ charges carry a maximum of a year in prison.
Officials with the D.O.J. and the Wilmington Police Department met with Amy’s mother and brother Monday morning to discuss the charges. Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams described Amy’s death as a tragedy in a statement Monday to The News Journal of Delaware.
“From the beginning, the Wilmington Police Department and the Department of Justice worked hand-and-hand to determine the appropriate charges,” Williams said. “This is just the first step toward providing Amy’s family and our community with closure. I ask that we keep the family and loved ones of everyone involved in our thoughts and prayers.”
Amy’s mother handed out a card at her May 1 memorial service remembering the girl as “extremely beautiful, so very thoughtful, awesomely intelligent, very, very talented and definitely one of a kind,” according to the News Journal. Her father Sonny Francis broke down as hespoke to a local TV station shortly after her death.
“I think this is a dream and I’m trying to wake up,” Francis said. “All I know is that my daughter’s gone, and she was the love of my life. And it hurts.”
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