Judge Declares Mistrial In Case Of Detroit Cop Joseph Weekley
Jurors on Tuesday told a Wayne County Circuit Court judge they were unable to reach a verdict in the trial of a Detroit Police officer who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl during a 2010 police raid.
Judge Cynthia Gray Hathawa ordered them to continue deliberations, but then she declared a mistrial when the jurors said they were stuck.
The panel of eight men and four women -- including one African American -- deliberated for three days after eight days of trial.
Officer Joseph Weekley’s shooting of Aiyana Stanley-Jones during the May 16, 2010, search for a murder suspect at an eastside flat.
Both sides agreed the shooting was an accident, but the prosecution said Weekley had been grossly negligent.
Besides acquitted Weekley, jurors could have found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter, a felony, or of careless discharge of a firearm causing death, a misdemeanor.