Deliberations continue in Aiyana case

(WXYZ) - Deliberations in the Aiyana Jones case have ended for the day.

Friends and family of both 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley Jones and Officer Joseph Weekley continued to wait near the courthouse for a verdict in the controversial case during Monday deliberations.

Monday afternoon, it didn't appear the jurors even requested lunch, leading to speculation that they could be close to reaching a decision.

Weekley is accused of being grossly negligent when he pulled the trigger on his Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine gun on May 16, 2010.

Weekley claims Aiyana's grandmother hit his weapon, causing him to accidentally pull the trigger. Aiyana's grandmother, Mertilla Jones denies coming into contact with any officer during the midnight raid that included the use of a stun grenade.

Weekley maintains he didn't even realize that he fired his weapon until just before another officer grabbed her off of the couch where she had been sleeping and rushed her to the hospital.

Officer Weekley is charged with Involuntary Manslaughter and Careless Discharge of a Firearm Causing Injury/Death. We're told only if he's found not guilty on the manslaughter charge will the jury even consider the misdemeanor charge.

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