3 girls going on trial in deadly school bathroom fight
Posted: Apr 03 2017 06:18AM EDT
Video Posted: Apr 03 2017 09:49AM EDT
Updated: Apr 03 2017 10:00AM EDT
WILMINGTON, Del. (WTXF/AP) - Three girls charged in a fatal school bathroom fight in Wilmington are going on trial nearly a year after a 16-year-old girl's death.
Lawyers have said the non-jury trial starting 9am Monday in Family Court could last up to two weeks.
A judge ruled last year that a 16-year-old girl facing the most serious charge, criminally negligent homicide, would not be tried as an adult, leaving all three defendants to be tried as juveniles.
The girl is accused of repeatedly hitting Amy Joyner-Francis in an attack last April at Howard High School of Technology. Two other girls are charged with conspiracy in planning the fight, which was recorded on a cellphone.
An autopsy found that Joyner-Francis, who had a heart condition, died of sudden cardiac death and the stress of the assault was a contributing factor in her death.