The 17-year-old who was jumped by peers in a school bathroom fight has had her conviction overturned.
In 2016, 16-year-old Amy Joyner-Francis went into cardiac arrest after being attacked by classmates at a Delaware high school.
Nearly 20 students watched as 17-year-old Trinity Carr beat on Joyner-Francis while another student held her in place in April 2016. When a teacher, who’d heard screaming, she found Joyner-Francis in a stall, she called paramedics. The teen lost consciousness while on the bathroom floor.
Joyner-Francis was already suffering from lung and heart defects, the effects of which, were exacerbated by the fight.
“While it may be true that Amy Joyner-Francis, due to her condition, could have died from a multitude of stressors, until such an event occurred, if it were to have occurred at all, she had a right to live one more day, one more week, one more month or year until her time, without a contributing cause by another,” Delaware Family Court Judge Robert Coonin said in 2016.
The death of the Howard High School of Technology student was ruled a homicide. Carr, along with two other teens, were charged. Carr was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide and third-degree criminal conspiracy. She was sentenced to six months in a juvenile facility in 2016. She was then supposed to be placed under court supervision until turning 19.