The Wilmington Police Department, according to the News Journal, gave all the information and evidence on the death of Amy Joyner-Francis to the Delaware Department of Justice yesterday.
The DOJ could not provide a timeline for how soon charges will be filed but Kanefsky said Thursday that it will be prompt.
While Wilmington P.D. Chief Bobby Cummings indicated three girls will be charged in the brutal murder of Amy Joyner-Francis at Howard High School of Technology on April 21st, the exact nature of the charges will be determined by the Delaware DOJ:
…state prosecutors are reviewing evidence submitted by Wilmington Police Department to decide what charges can be lodged.
Last Sunday, a viewing was held for Amy with a packed church. Delaware citizens, especially those in Wilmington, have been adamant that the guilty parties need to be charged so there can be justice for Amy and her family. No charges or prison time for the guilty will take away the pain and sadness that Amy’s family and friends are feeling. There is no replacement for a life. Please continue to pray for those who loved Amy and miss her dearly.
According to Philadelphia’s Channel 6 ABC Action News, charges against three Howard High School of Technology students in Wilmington, DE could come as early as today in the death of Amy Joyner-Francis. While not specifying who gave the information, only giving a description of a law enforcement veteran, Channel 6 wrote:
A law enforcement veteran close to the investigation says Joyner-Francis was thrown to the floor during the altercation, and stabbed repeatedly with pencils. Then the source says one of girls slammed her head into a sink.
Only one will be charged with the actual murder:
Sources tell Action News one of the female students will be charged with the actual killing of Joyner-Francis. The other two will be charged as accomplices.
Earlier reports surrounding the use of knives in the assault appear to be false based on this information. Someone explained to me that if there are stab wounds they cannot administer CPR to a patient. Which made me wonder about the validity of that information once I heard that. Once the official information is released from the Wilmington Police Department, we will know what is real and what isn’t.
Updated, 5:41pm: Amy Cherry with WDEL announced earlier this afternoon a statement from Wilmington Police Dept. Chief Bobby Cummings. No charges will be filed this week, and despite the information Channel 6 ABC news gave last night, they reiterated there were NO weapons used in the murder. I’m not sure where a Philadelphia station is getting their information, but they may want to double-check that source!
Over on Kilroy’s Delaware a commenter named M Ryder wrote a reply about who should have files charged against them in connection with Amy’s death at Howard High School of Technology. Many have felt the administration of the school should have better coverage of student hallways in the beginning of the school day. Since they didn’t, I questioned whether they should be charged with gross negligence. I have always maintained that the parties directly involved in Amy’s death are ultimately responsible for her death. M Ryder definitely agreed with that but added some facts that I haven’t seen involving this story:
So kevin, the school should be charged that two students planned to meet in the bathroom to fight over a boy? The school should be charged because the girl who was losing the fight had girlfriends carrying knives? The school should be charged for the girlfriends who then ganged up on the girl who they stabbed and then forced down striking her head on the way down? The school should be charged? Really???
If this really happened, why did the Wilmington Police Department state there were no weapons involved? I asked M Ryder how he/she came about knowing this information but I have yet to receive a response. If there were stab wounds, those would be seen right away by the police. Superintendent Dr. Gehrt empathized Howard was a safe school just hours after the assault. When are we going to get full details about what happened that day and why am I smelling a cover-up? I thought it was ridiculous when someone mentioned there was talk about installing metal detectors at the school but if there were knives used in this crime, it is completely understandable.
I have no idea who “M Ryder” is, but they are usually accurate with their information they post on Kilroy’s Delaware. I can’t verify if the information M Ryder posted is credible, but given everything that went down that day and the actions of those in authority afterwards, I would not be surprised. As if this tragedy wasn’t already horrifying, this new aspect, if true, takes us further down the path of evil that came out that day.