The Latest: 2nd teen convicted of conspiracy in fatal fight

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Posted: Apr 13, 2017 10:00 AM

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of three 17-year-old girls charged in a fatal fight in a school bathroom (all times local):

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10 a.m.

A Delaware judge has convicted one 17-year-old girl of conspiracy and acquitted another after a school bathroom fight that left a 16-year-old girl dead.

The Family Court judge ruled on the conspiracy charges Thursday after finding a third 17-year-old girl guilty of criminally negligent homicide for her role in the fight. The judge said there was evidence that the girl found guilty of conspiracy kicked Amy Joyner-Francis. All three girls were tried as juveniles.

An autopsy found that Joyner-Francis died of sudden cardiac death, aggravated by physical and emotional stress from the April 2016 fight at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington.

Defense attorneys argued that Joyner-Francis' death was unforeseeable because she had a rare heart condition undetected by her doctors.

Sentencing is set for May 23.

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9:30 a.m.

A Delaware judge has convicted a 17-year-old girl of homicide after a school bathroom fight that left a 16-year-old girl dead.

The Family Court judge delivered his ruling Thursday after a week of testimony in the nonjury trial.

An autopsy found that Amy Joyner-Francis died of sudden cardiac death, aggravated by physical and emotional stress from the April 2016 fight at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington.

Her assailant was charged with — and ultimately convicted of — criminally negligent homicide for her role in the fight.

Two other 17-year-olds were charged with misdemeanor conspiracy. All three, who were 16 when the fight happened, were tried as juveniles.

Defense attorneys argued that Joyner-Francis' death was unforeseeable because she had a rare heart condition undetected by her doctors.