CONVICTED: Teen Girl In Deadly High School Bathroom Fight
A 17-year-old has been convicted of homicide for last year’s school high school bathroom fight resulting in the death of a Delaware teenage girl. According to the New York Daily News, the judge also convicted a second girl of conspiracy in the 16-year-old’s death.
However a a third teen was acquitted of the same charge in the ruling on Thursday. All three defendants, who were 16 when the fight happened in April of 2016, were tried as juveniles.
An autopsy found that Amy Joyner-Francis died of sudden cardiac death, aggravated by stress from the fight at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington.
Defense lawyers argued that the teen’s death was unforeseeable, as Joyner-Francis had a rare heart condition undetected by her doctors. They also suggested it was a fight between “mutual combatants.”
Prosecutors said the victim was not looking for a fight but trying to avoid one. “Distress, the unexpected nature of the attack, the brute ferocity of it raining upon her, all led to Amy’s death,” deputy attorney general Sean Lugg said during closing arguments. He said the assailant showed “a level of barbarism that reasonably would result in the outcome.”
Family Court Judge Robert Coonin delivered the ruling Thursday following a week of testimony in the nonjury trial. All three girls charged in the case chose not to testify.