Hung jury in case of Detroit Police Officer accused in Aiyana Jones shooting death
WXYZ.com Web Staff
2:45 PM, Jun 18, 2013
11:15 PM, Jun 18, 2013
DETROIT (WXYZ) - The jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict in the case of Detroit Police officer Joseph Weekley who was accused in the death of 7-year-old Aiyana Jones.
Earlier Tuesday, the jury told the court they were having trouble reaching a verdict in the case and the judge ordered them to continue deliberations.
Hours later the court announced that there was a hung jury. On a note, the jurors wrote, "We're stuck" and the foreperson indicated that they had no desire to continue.
Weekley was charged with Involuntary Manslaughter in the death of 7-year-old Aiyana Jones during a raid on her family's home in 2010. Aiyana was shot during the raid, which was caught on tape by crews filming for the reality show "The First 48."
Officer Weekley called the shooting an accident and blamed Aiyana's grandmother, saying Mertilla Jones hit his gun as soon as the Special Response Team raided the house on Lillibridge looking for a suspect in the murder of 17-year-old Jerean Blake.
Mertilla Jones maintains she never touched Weekley or his gun.
Relatives of Aiyana believe the racial makeup of the jury, 11 whites and one black, played a role in jurors being unable to convict Weekley on either Involuntary Manslaughter (felony) or Careless Discharge of a Firearm Causing Injury/Death (misdemeanor). .
Weekley returns to court in late July for a new pre-trial.