Father Of Girl Killed In Detroit Police Raid Faces Trial
DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A man whose 7-year-old daughter was killed by Detroit police is on trial for a homicide that preceded the fatal raid four years ago.
Police were looking for a suspect when an officer’s gun went off, striking Aiyana Stanley-Jones as she slept on a couch in May 2010.
Her father Charles Jones is charged with providing a gun that was used in the shooting of 17-year-old Je’Rean Blake, who was killed outside a convenience store. Chauncey Owens is charged with pulling the trigger.
Jury selection began Tuesday in Wayne County Circuit Court.
Last summer a videographer filming the raid for the A&E reality show “The First 48,” was sentenced to probation in connection with the case. Allison Howard, in June, pleaded no contest to obstruction of justice for lying about trying to sell footage shot on the night Aiyana was killed.
Meanwhile, Aiyana’s death still is unresolved.
Officer Joseph Weekly is charged with manslaughter for firing of the bullet, but says the now-dead girl’s grandmother knocked or grabbed his gun, letting loose the fatal bullet.
A jury last June heard eight days of testimony and deliberated for two days before a mistrial was declared.
Weekly will be back in court in February.
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