Amy Joyner-Francis, the 16-year-old girl who was killed during a high school brawl on April 22 in Wilmington, Delaware, suffered more than previously thought, according to a newly-released police report. Detectives said Monday that the young girl had her fingernails brutally ripped out during the fight that ultimately lead to her death.
This information was released as detectives involved in the case testified at the Wilmington Superior Court hearing on Monday to determine whether Trinity Carr, 16, should be tried as an adult for the murder. So far Carr has been accused of repeatedly hitting Joyner-Francis in a premeditated attack and has been charged with criminally negligent homicide and conspiracy.
An autopsy reported that Joyner-Francis died from a "cardiac incident" that stemmed from a pre-existing heart condition, rather than as a direct result of the injuries that she sustatined during the beating. Carr's attorneys have been leaning on this assessment to reduce the charges the teen will face, but the Department of Justice concluded that the fatal cardiac incident would not have occured if not for the brutal beating.
The other two girls present during the attack, Zion Snow and Chakeira Wright, have been charged with criminal conspiracy, which carries up to a year in prison. They will both be tried as juveniles later this month.
Carr, the only person to phyiscally assault Joyner-Francis, faces the strong possibility that she will be tried as an adult. If found guilty, she could be sentenced to decades behind bars.
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