Jurors say verdict in Weekley trial is difficult

Associated Press

Detroit — Jurors say they're struggling to reach a verdict in the trial of a Detroit police officer who killed a girl during a raid.

They gave that message Wednesday to Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway on the first full day of deliberations. The jury will return to court Thursday.


Detroit Police Officer Joseph Weekley in the courtroom of Judge Hathaway at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit on Sept. 18, 2014.

Jurors heard closing arguments and deliberated for two hours Tuesday in Wayne County Circuit Court.

Joseph Weekley is charged with recklessly using a firearm, a misdemeanor carrying a maximum of two years in prison. The judge last week dismissed an involuntary manslaughter charge.

Weekley isn't accused of intentionally killing 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones. But prosecutor Rob Moran told jurors Weekley carelessly violated his training by having his finger on the trigger.

Defense attorney Steve Fishman says the girl's death was an accident, not a crime.

Weekley's first trial ended without a verdict last year.