Jurors were deadlocked and a second mistrial was declared Friday for a Detroit police officer charged with recklessly handling his gun and killing a 7-year-old girl — the second time a verdict couldn't be reached in the case. The jury was hung on a charge of recklessly using a firearm, a misdemeanor carrying a maximum punishment of two years in prison. It was the only count remaining after a felony charge of involuntary manslaughter was dismissed last week. The developments came after the jury indicated it was struggling to reach a unanimous decision in the case against Joseph Weekley. Weekley's first trial ended without a verdict in June 2013.
The victim, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, was shot in the head while she slept on a couch in May 2010. Weekley, a member of an elite police unit, was the first officer through the door during a chaotic search for a murder suspect at her home. Weekley's submachine gun fired seconds after a stun grenade was thrown through a window to confuse anyone inside. He didn't testify but has insisted that he mistakenly pulled the trigger during a struggle with Mertilla Jones, the girl's grandmother.