A MEMBER of an elite Detroit police unit is set to stand trial again for killing a 7-year-old girl during a 2010 raid on her house that was captured on video by a reality TV crew.
Nobody alleges that Officer Joseph Weekley intended to kill Aiyana Stanley-Jones, who had been sleeping on a couch near the door when officers burst through around midnight in search of a murder suspect. But prosecutors charged him with involuntary manslaughter because they believe he handled his sub-machine gun recklessly, causing the girl's death.
Jury selection starts today in Wayne County court, 15 months after Mr Weekley's first trial ended with a hung jury.
Mr Weekley says he accidentally pulled the trigger when Aiyana's grandmother grabbed his gun. She denies interfering in any way