Hearing set on whether to try Delaware girl as adult in fatal fight

    (<a href=Gavel and books on the table via ShutterStock)" title="l_l_l_gavel16x9-1-1" width="640" height="360"/>

    (Gavel and books on the table via ShutterStock)

    A judge will decide whether one of three girls charged in a Delaware high school restroom assault that left another girl dead will be tried as an adult.

    Media outlets report that on Tuesday a Family Court judge scheduled a hearing to decide the matter on July 11.

    The 16-year-old charged with criminally negligent homicide is accused of hitting Amy Joyner-Francis in the head and torso during an altercation at Wilmington’s Howard High School of Technology. Two other girls charged with third-degree criminal conspiracy are scheduled for trial June 15.

    The Associated Press is not naming the girls because they are juveniles.

    Authorities say Joyner-Francis, who had a pre-existing heart condition, died of sudden cardiac death, with a contributing factor of physical and emotional stress due to physical assault.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.