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Weekley learns Dec. 12 whether he’ll face third trial

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

Detroit – — The pre-trial hearing that could decide whether Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley will be tried for a third time for shooting a Detroit girl to death has been rescheduled to Dec. 12.

Weekley has been tried twice in the shooting death of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones. Maria Miller, spokeswoman for the Wayne County prosecutor’s office, would not say Wednesday if a decision has been made on whether to try Weekley a third time.

“When we appear in court (Dec. 12) we will place on record whether we will try the case again,” Miller said Wednesday.

A mistrial was declared last month following a hung jury in his first trial.

Weekley was charged in the May 2010 shooting of Aiyana, who was killed in a police raid at her family’s home that was being taped for a cable television program.

Weekley faces a misdemeanor charge of careless discharge of a firearm causing death. Wayne County Circuit Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway earlier threw out an involuntary manslaughter charge .

The directed verdict by Hathaway was upheld by the Michigan Court of Appeals. The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum penalty of a $2,000 fine and two years in prison.

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Staff Writer George Hunter contributed.