Delaware media is reporting the Delaware Supreme Court just overturned the conviction of Trinity Carr in the death of Amy Joyner-Francis. The student died as a result of injuries sustained in a beating at Howard High School on April 24th, 2016. The full decision is embedded below.
The Supreme Court on Thursday said no reasonable factfinder could have found that the girl acted with criminal negligence or, even if she did, that it would be unjust to blame her for Joyner-Francis’ death given how unforeseeable it was that the fight would lead to a young teen dying of cardiac arrest.
To read the full legal opinion, issued today, please read below. Due to the fact many involved in the case were minors, the Delaware Family Court changed the names of minors. The appeal is written on behalf of “Tracy Cannon”. But there is no mistaking this. It is Trinity Carr. Amy Joyner-Francis’ name is “Alcee Johnson-Franklin”. Being that this case was so heavily publicized, I feel it is a dishonor to the memory of Amy Joyner-Francis to change her name. It belittles her and points her as something different than the victim of a horrific murder. I’m sorry, but this was murder. It may not have been intentional, but a student died. And it would have never happened if Carr didn’t go into that bathroom with the intention of causing harm to Amy.
This is what happens when justice dies in the first state to sign the Constitution. Those who pimp out 16 and 17 year olds for human sex trafficking get probation. Special education diagnosticians who have sex with students get probation. And now, murderers get away with murder.