The Supreme Court of Delaware has overturned the conviction of a bathroom attack during which a 16-year-old girl was left dead.
A 17-year-old girl was found culpable of criminally negligent homicide by a Family Court judge and sentenced to six months in a juvenile facility for the death of Amy Joyner-Francis in 2016.
Joyner-Francis was discovered to have a rare, undetected heart condition, which made her susceptible to the sudden cardiac death she succumbed to. The stress from the fight is what was blamed for aggravating her condition.
On Thursday (March 1), the Supreme Court found that no reasonable factfinder could have found that the girl acted with criminal negligence. They also claim that even if the girl acted with criminal negligence, it would be unjust to blame her for the death because of how unforseen it would be that a fight would lead to a teen dying of cardiac arrest.
Cellphone video of the attack shows Joyner-Francis struggling to fight back as she is repeatedly hit and kicked in the head while her assailant holds her hair.
The Joyner-Francis family released a statement after the reversal was made. Suffice to say, they were disappointed. Read what they had to say below.
"The most dangerous city in the nation for children between the ages of 12-17 is Wilmington, DE. The overturned ruling by the Delaware Supreme Court today regarding the murder of Amy Joyner-Francis supports this fact. Did the justices see the video because the assailant literally kicked Amy six times in the head and landed over 20 body shots?
She and her cohorts plotted Amy's death on social media and they get to walk freely, while Amy's Family is bound by her untimely death.
Delaware is in desperate need of a complete overhaul politically, socially and most importantly spiritually. May God Bless the Family of Amy Joyner-Francis who cannot find justice or peace in the First State."
Photo: Michelle Shinners
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