Mistrial Declared in Trial of Detroit Cop In Death of 7-Year Old Aiyana Stanley-Jones
In 2010, 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones was sleeping on the couch when Detroit police officers raided the home she was sleeping in while being filmed for a reality show.
Joseph Weekley, who claims he accidentally shot Jones, was charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Yesterday, a mistrial was declared:
Wayne County Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway dismissed jurors about an hour after urging them to keep working Tuesday. The jury sent three notes, the last one indicating it still couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict on the third day of deliberations.
Weekley was charged with involuntary manslaughter. He accidentally fired his gun, killing Aiyana, while leading officers on a raid to find a murder suspect in 2010.
He said he pulled the trigger during a struggle with the girl’s grandmother, but Mertilla Jones denied interfering with the gun and another officer testified there was no struggle over the weapon.
The raid was recorded for a police reality TV show, “The First 48,” and Aiyana’s family members have said they believe the officers involved were more concerned about how they appeared on TV rather than properly conducting their police work.
A retrial date has not been set. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for July 25.
Will any kind of justice be served in the death of Aiyana Jones?
Does the reality TV aspect of this case worsen it?
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