Last year, jurors deadlocked in the trial of Detroit officer Joseph Weekley who was charged with involuntary manslaughter over the death of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones. His retrial date has been set for September 15th. There is no dispute that Weekley’s gun killed Stanley-Jones as she slept on a couch in 2010, but Weekley says it was an accident. Weekley maintains that he accidentally pulled the trigger when Aiyana’s grandmother, Mertilla Jones, tried to grab his weapon in the chaos following a law enforcement “flashbang” grenade. The grandmother denies ever touching the officer’s gun. Another officer said that there was no struggle over the weapon. The raid was being filmed for A&E’s The First 48. Critics believe that the officers involved were “putting on a show” for the cameras and more concerned about how they looked on TV than properly conducting their job.
Last week, the man police were trying to locate before the raid, Chauncey Owens, was sentenced to life in prison without parole after being found guilty of first-degree murder. Owens was convicted of killing Je’Rean Blake, 17, outside a Detroit party store in 2010. Charles Jones, Aiyana’s father, was also convicted in the case, of second-degree murder. Jones allegedly provided the gun used by Owens.
Last year, a videographer who worked for the reality show was sentenced to probation. Allison Howard pled no contest to obstruction of justice for lying about trying to sell the footage of the raid where Aiyana was killed.