Officer charged with manslaughter in Aiyana case

originally by: CBS Detroit
published: 4th October 2011

A member of the Detroit Police Special Response Team has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the slaying of a 7-year-old girl who was shot to death during a raid on her home. Charges were also announced against two others. Officer Joseph Weekley was charged Tuesday following a yearlong Michigan State Police investigation into the May 2010 death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones. A judge entered a not-guilty plea for Weekley at an afternoon court hearing in front of Judge Margie Braxton.

Aiyana was killed in a police raid as she slept on a couch in her home. While witnesses said police burst in shooting, police insist that the girl was shot when an officer’s gun accidentally discharged.

The raid was being filmed by a crew for the A&E network’s “The First 48″ show.

Also charged in the case was Allison Howard, 42, of Brooklyn, New York. Howard, the principal photographer and a field producer for the television series, was indicted on perjury charges. Howard is alleged to have had control over the video footage that became crucial evidence in the investigation of Aiyana’s death.

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