Traverse City Record-Eagle

June 15, 2013

Deliberations start in trial of Detroit officer


Associated Press

---- — DETROIT — The jury has begun deliberations in the trial of a Detroit police officer charged in the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old girl.

A Wayne County judge gave final instructions and sent the jury behind closed doors at 10:15 a.m. Friday.

Officer Joseph Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones during a raid in May 2010. He told jurors that he was struggling with Aiyana’s grandmother when he accidentally pulled the trigger.

The jury could convict Weekley of involuntary manslaughter or reckless discharge of a firearm, a misdemeanor. He also could be acquitted.

Prosecutor Rob Moran says there was no interference from grandmother Mertilla Jones. But defense attorney Steve Fishman says Jones has no credibility because she’s told different stories about what happened.