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Manslaughter Trial Opens for Detroit SWAT Officer

May 29, 2013  | 

The trial of a Detroit Police SWAT operator accused of involuntary manslaughter began today with jury selection.

Joseph Weekley has been accused of fatally shooting 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones during a dynamic entry while a reality TV crew from A&E's "48 Hours" gathered footage on May 16, 2010.

During the night of Stanley-Jones' death, police were searching for a murder suspect. Police threw a flash-bang device into the home in Lillibridge at 12:40 a.m. Weekley is accused of firing a shot that struck and killed Stanley-Jones as she slept on a couch in the front room.

The Detroit Free Press has objected to the judge's order barring media from the jury selection phase of the trial.

Allison Howard, an employee of the show, has been charged with perjury and withholding evidence important to the investigation. A trial is scheduled to begin June 24.

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Tags: Detroit PD, Police Reality Shows, Officer Involved Shootings, Officer Conduct


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therookie @ 5/30/2013 3:15 PM

What do the City Leaders expect. When there are no funds for the entire city let alone the Public safety sector the Officers are basically surviving out on them nasty crime infested streets on their own. Their own leaders have robbed the city coffers, and now they are tried between being wrong and/or right. It's a sad situation, but I do not for a second believe this Officer meant for that outcome. He wanted to go home at the end of his shift as we all do.

Butch Ramik @ 5/30/2013 7:16 PM

It was a terrible accident. But he is charged.

But in Taylor the Mayor closes fire stations knowing the dangers and had plenty of time to fix it. Then a woman dies in a fire just 45 seconds from a closed fire station. But no charges against him WHY NOT?

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