The Delaware Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a teen in the fatal beating of a classmate at a Wilmington high school in 2016.
Trinity Carr was 17 when a Family Court Judge found her guilty of criminally negligent homicide and third-degree criminal conspiracy last year. Amy Inita Joyner-Francis was 16 when she died April 21, 2016, after a violent encounter with Carr and two others in a restroom at Howard High School of Technology.
The state medical examiner testified that Joyner-Francis suffered sudden cardiac death brought on by a rare combination of heart and lung defects that contributed to her death.
In its ruling released Thursday, the state Supreme Court said that Carr could not have foreseen that the attack would cause Joyner-Francis to die from cardiac arrest.
“No reasonable factfinder could conclude that (Carr’s) attack — which inflicted only minor physical injuries — posed a risk of death so great that (she) was grossly deviant for not recognizing it,” the Supreme Court opinion reads.