October 3, 2014 2:33 pm -

In a surprise development on Friday, a judge dismissed the most serious charge against a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl during a raid. The trial was also halted in order to give prosecutors an opportunity to immediately appeal.


[su_center_ad]Wayne County Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway’s  decision came after prosecutors finished presenting their case against Joseph Weekley, who mistakenly pulled the trigger and killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones during a chaotic search for a murder suspect in 2010.

Detroit Police Officer Joseph Weekley

Detroit Police Officer Joseph Weekley

CBS reports:

Defense attorney Steve Fishman said an involuntary manslaughter charge should be dismissed because prosecutors had failed to show that Weekley intentionally created a danger that caused Aiyana’s death.

“There is absolutely no evidence, none, that’s in the least bit credible,” Fishman argued.

Wayne County Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway agreed.

“If I’m going to err, I’m going to err on the side of the defense,” she said in dismissing the manslaughter charge, a felony.

Weekley still is charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, a misdemeanor. It’s his second trial after a jury last year couldn’t reach a verdict.

Weekley, a member of an elite police unit, insists he accidentally pulled the trigger when Aiyana’s grandmother, Mertilla Jones, grabbed his gun as officers burst through the door of her home. Jones denied any interference.

The prosecutor’s office said it planned to appeal Hathaway’s decision. The trial on the lesser charge resumes Monday

Following Friday’s ruling, Mark Diaz, president of the Detroit Police Officers Association, released a statement saying they are “very pleased” with the judge’s decision and that they are “confident” Weekley will be exonerated of the remaining charges, reports CBS Detroit.

“This is a tragedy no matter how you look at this; and, with regard to officer Weekley and what he has experienced — obviously the family has experienced a great deal of pain — but what everyone needs to recognizes is that Officer Weekley, and everyone involved, has experienced a great deal of pain,” Diaz said.

While Weekley still faces a misdemeanor charge of “discharge of a weapon,” Legal Analyst Charlie Langton said that charge would not likely result in jail time if Weekley is convicted.

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9 responses to Top Charge Dismissed For Cop Who Killed 7-Year-Old Girl During Raid

  1. tracey marie October 3rd, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Nonsense, weekly suffered nothing but time off with pay. He had a vacation and will continue to be allowed to recklessly be a killer under the guise of a police officer searching for killers.

    • whatthe46 October 3rd, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      “…under the guise of a police officer searching for killers.” they have to look no further than their own police stations. let the arrests begin.

    • rg9rts October 4th, 2014 at 2:16 am


  2. Cosmic_Surfer October 3rd, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Nah, America isn’t a Police State….much

  3. Red Eye Robot October 3rd, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    ” In a surprise development on Friday” Surprise? Really? here is an account of the stunt the prosecution’s prime witness pulled tuesday.

  4. crc3 October 3rd, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Another cop gets away with killing innocence…

  5. lois patuto October 3rd, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    legally I think the judge was correct

  6. rg9rts October 4th, 2014 at 2:17 am

    Why was his finger on the trigger

  7. fahvel October 4th, 2014 at 2:46 am

    goodness, how can an elite cop accidentally fire his weapon? Kid’s dead and he did it – where is the confusion?