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Deadlocked: Second Mistrial for Detroit Cop Accused of Killing Girl

Image: Detroit Police Officer Joseph Weekley and his attorney Steve Fishman
Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley, left, is seated in court as his attorney Steve Fishman speaks with him Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 in Detroit.Charles V. Tines / AP

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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.

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—Associated Press

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