Homicide

Judge refuses to postpone trial of Detroit officer who killed 7-year-old girl in 2010 raid

FILE -- In this May 18, 2010 file photo, Dominika Stanley, left, the mother of 7-year-old Aiyana Jones sits next to Aiyana's father Charles Jones in attorney Geoffrey Fieger's office in Southfield, Mich. A judge won't delay the trial of a Detroit police officer who accidentally killed 7-year-old Aiyana Jones during a raid, despite his attorney's concerns that a "media frenzy" following a police shooting in Missouri could harm his client's right to an impartial jury. Detroit Officer Joseph Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter. Wayne County Judge Cynthia Hathaway said Weekley's trial will start Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 as planned. This is Weekley's second trial. The first ended without a verdict in June 2013.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

FILE -- In this May 18, 2010 file photo, Dominika Stanley, left, the mother of 7-year-old Aiyana Jones sits next to Aiyana's father Charles Jones in attorney Geoffrey Fieger's office in Southfield, Mich. A judge won't delay the trial of a Detroit police officer who accidentally killed 7-year-old Aiyana Jones during a raid, despite his attorney's concerns that a "media frenzy" following a police shooting in Missouri could harm his client's right to an impartial jury. Detroit Officer Joseph Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter. Wayne County Judge Cynthia Hathaway said Weekley's trial will start Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 as planned. This is Weekley's second trial. The first ended without a verdict in June 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)  (The Associated Press)

A lawyer for a Detroit police officer who accidentally killed a girl during a raid fears that widespread media coverage of a police shooting in Missouri could harm his client's right to a fair trial.

Steven Fishman sought a delay in Officer Joseph Weekley's trial, which starts Monday. But Wayne County Judge Cynthia Hathaway turned down the request last Friday.

Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter. He admits shooting 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones during a 2010 raid but says the shooting happened when the girl's grandmother grabbed his gun. Mertilla Jones denies any interference.

A trial last year ended without a verdict.

Fishman says police in general have been vilified in news coverage of the recent shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. He wanted to postpone Weekley's trial until 2015.