Homicide

Jury ready to hear opening statements in 2nd trial of Detroit officer who killed girl in raid

FILE - In this June 13, 2013 file photo Detroit Police Officer Joseph Weekley testifies during his first trial in Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit, Mich. Weekley is  charged in a second trial with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones who was shot during a frantic search for a murder suspect in 2010. A jury in Weekley's first trial couldn't reach a verdict. (AP Photo/The  Detroit News, David Coates, File)

FILE - In this June 13, 2013 file photo Detroit Police Officer Joseph Weekley testifies during his first trial in Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit, Mich. Weekley is charged in a second trial with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones who was shot during a frantic search for a murder suspect in 2010. A jury in Weekley's first trial couldn't reach a verdict. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, David Coates, File)  (The Associated Press)

A jury is set to hear opening statements in the second trial of a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl during a frantic search for a murder suspect.

Lawyers and Wayne County Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway picked the jury Wednesday. Jurors were asked about race and the recent shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

Officer Joseph Weekley is white, and Aiyana Stanley-Jones was black. Jurors agree that race and the Ferguson shooting are irrelevant in the Detroit trial.

Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter. He's accused of handling his gun recklessly during a 2010 raid at a Detroit home.

It's the second trial for Weekley, a member of an elite police unit. A jury last year couldn't reach a verdict.