Aiyana Jones Case: Jury Can’t Reach Verdict In Detroit Cop’s Trial

Source: AP / theGrio

DETROIT  — A judge has declared a mistrial after jurors failed to reach a verdict in the trial of a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl.

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.

Joseph Weekley was charged with involuntary manslaughter. He accidentally fired his gun, killing Aiyana Stanley-Jones, 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.

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