originally by: Detroit Free Press
published: 21 August 2013
The Detroit police officer accused in the death of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones will stand trial for the second time on Dec. 4. The date for Officer Joseph Weekley’s trial was set during a hearing Wednesday before Wayne County Circuit Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway.
Weekley, whose gun went off killing Aiyana during a raid targeting a murder suspect in May 2010, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, a felony, and careless discharge of a firearm causing death, a misdemeanor.
A mistrial was declared in June when the jury told a judge they were hung after nearly three days of deliberations.
Prosecutors argued that Weekley’s failure to use ordinary care caused Aiyana’s death, but the defense has said the girl died in a tragic accident and Weekley was not grossly negligent when he entered the flat.