Trial resumes for officer charged in girl's death

6/10/2013
ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Detroit Police officer Joseph Weekley, left, and his attorney Steve Fishman confer during a break in the proceedings at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Weekley is on trial for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, 7, during a police raid. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Daniel Mears) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT

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DETROIT  — More relatives of a 7-year-old Detroit girl are expected to testify in the trial of a police officer charged in her death.

Joseph Weekley’s trial is to resume today in Wayne County Circuit Court. Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Aiyana Stanley-Jones was shot in the head during a May 2010 police raid as she slept on a couch near the front door inside her east side home.

Police tossed a stun grenade through a window before entering the house. They were after Chauncey Owens, a suspect in a murder 2 days earlier.

Weekley contends he accidentally fired his gun when Aiyana’s grandmother, Mertilla Jones, reached for it. Jones is listed as a witness in the trial.

The raid was being filmed by a reality television show crew.