Delaware County judge to decide whether to dismiss charges against 3 former Sharon Hill officers in fatal shooting of Fanta Bility

MEDIA, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — A Delaware County judge is expected to decide Friday whether to drop manslaughter charges against three former Sharon Hill officers in the fatal shooting of 8-year-old Fanta Bility.

The former officers each face 12 counts of manslaughter and negligent endangerment.

Attorneys representing Brian Devaney, Sean Dolan and Devon Smith filed a motion asking a judge to dismiss the manslaughter charges.

RELATED: 3 Sharon Hill police officers charged with shooting dead 8-year-old Fanta Bility

This all goes back to an incident on August 27, 2021.

At that point, investigators said officers heard gunshots as people exited a football game at Academy Park High School and then fired into a crowd while attempting to return fire.

Fanta was beaten and later died.

RELATED: Delaware County activists say police and county are not transparent on Fanta Bility’s death

Just last month, at a meeting of Sharon Hill’s council, members of the NAACP asked questions about why investigative reports have been so heavily redacted in an effort to get more answers.

Fanta’s family recently spoke to Action News about a year since her death. Her mother, Tenneh Kromah, called her daughter kind and generous.

Community activists said the judge’s awaited decision is a defining moment in the case.

They rallied to the media outside the Delaware County Courthouse on Wednesday and spoke about how they believe a trial would be the best way to get justice for Fanta.

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