Delaware Public Media

Joyner-Francis trial begins in Wilmington

Apr 3, 2017

The trial of three teenage girls charged in death of Amy Joyner-Francis following a bathroom assault at Howard High last April is underway.

The News Journal reports members of Joyner-Francis’ family cried as video of the attack was shown during day one of the non-jury trial in Family Court.

Trinity Carr – who is seen punching and kicking Joyner-Francis in the video - faces the most serious charge - criminally negligent homicide – as well as third-degree criminal conspiracy.

The other two girls, Chakiera Wright and Zion Snow, face third-degree criminal conspiracy charges.

The state’s Medical Examiner determined that Joyner-Francis’ cause of death was a sudden cardiac incident due to a pre-existing heart condition, aggravated by the attack.

The News Journal reports the defense is arguing Carr could not have reasonably expected the fight would result in Joyner-Francis’ death.

The trial is expected to last up to two weeks.