published: 28 January 2015
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy on Tuesday announced Detroit Police Officer Joseph Weekley, who shot and killed 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones during a May 16, 2010 raid, will not face a third trial.
“Today we personally informed the family of Aiyana Stanley-Jones that we have made a decision that we would not be going to trial for a third time in the Joseph Weekley case,” Worthy said in a prepared statement. “It is unfortunate that Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway granted a directed verdict dismissing the felony Manslaughter charged, leaving only the misdemeanor count of careless discharge causing injury or death. Under the law her decision cannot be appealed.”
Two prior trials resulted in mistrials because juries were unable to reach unanimous verdicts, but an even more important decision in Weekley’s favor was the unexpected decision by Hathaway during the second trial to dismiss the more serious negligent manslaughter felony charge.