Judge Considers Adult Charges in High School Student’s Homicide

Amy Joyner-Francis
Amy Joyner-Francis

During a Delaware Family Court hearing Monday in Wilmington, a video was shown featuring a fight in a high school bathroom in April that left 16-year-old Amy Joyner-Francis dead on the ground. The video was shown to decide whether or not her alleged attacker, another 16-year-old girl, should be brought up on adult homicide charges, CBS News reports.

The judge said that he would make a decision by the end of the following week once he received final written submissions from the attorneys.

Amy's alleged attacker is being accused of repeatedly hitting her in an attack on April 21 at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington. Two other girls are being charged with conspiracy.


According to CBS News, prosecutors in the case are trying to take the defendant from Family Court to the state Supreme Court, where, if she is convicted, she will face up to eight years in prison. "Somebody else must have kicked her. … Well, they're not going to put this on me," the defendant said after she heard of Amy's death. The prosecutors noted that she showed no remorse.

Investigators claim that the defendants planned the attack over a 20-hour period. Apparently, a math teacher who responded to the disturbance in the bathroom noticed that the defendants were laughing as they were leaving the bathroom. The teacher found Amy on the ground; the girl uttered, "They jumped me. They snuck me."

Read more at CBS News.

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