Homicide

Judge to hold hearing to dismiss case against Detroit cop who killed girl during 2010 raid

  • From left, Joseph Weekley and his attorney Steve Fishman sit at Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.  At the prosecutor's request, a judge dismissed the last charge against Weekley, a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl during a raid.  Two trials against  Weekley ended without verdicts on a charge of reckless use of a gun.   Weekley shot Aiyana Stanley-Jones as she slept on a couch in a Detroit home in 2010. It occurred during a frenzied raid by elite officers who burst through the door to search for a murder suspect after throwing a flash grenade to confuse anyone inside. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates)  DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT

    From left, Joseph Weekley and his attorney Steve Fishman sit at Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. At the prosecutor's request, a judge dismissed the last charge against Weekley, a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl during a raid. Two trials against Weekley ended without verdicts on a charge of reckless use of a gun. Weekley shot Aiyana Stanley-Jones as she slept on a couch in a Detroit home in 2010. It occurred during a frenzied raid by elite officers who burst through the door to search for a murder suspect after throwing a flash grenade to confuse anyone inside. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway address the court at Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.  At the prosecutor's request, a Hathaway dismissed the last charge against Joseph Weekley, a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl during a raid.  Two trials against  Weekley ended without verdicts on a charge of reckless use of a gun.   Weekley shot Aiyana Stanley-Jones as she slept on a couch in a Detroit home in 2010. It occurred during a frenzied raid by elite officers who burst through the door to search for a murder suspect after throwing a flash grenade to confuse anyone inside. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates)  DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT

    Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway address the court at Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. At the prosecutor's request, a Hathaway dismissed the last charge against Joseph Weekley, a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl during a raid. Two trials against Weekley ended without verdicts on a charge of reckless use of a gun. Weekley shot Aiyana Stanley-Jones as she slept on a couch in a Detroit home in 2010. It occurred during a frenzied raid by elite officers who burst through the door to search for a murder suspect after throwing a flash grenade to confuse anyone inside. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Ron Scott, a member of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality and a spokesman for Aiyana's family speaks outside the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.  At the prosecutor's request, a Hathaway dismissed the last charge against Joseph Weekley, a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl during a raid.  Two trials against  Weekley ended without verdicts on a charge of reckless use of a gun.   Weekley shot Aiyana Stanley-Jones as she slept on a couch in a Detroit home in 2010. It occurred during a frenzied raid by elite officers who burst through the door to search for a murder suspect after throwing a flash grenade to confuse anyone inside. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates)  DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT

    Ron Scott, a member of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality and a spokesman for Aiyana's family speaks outside the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. At the prosecutor's request, a Hathaway dismissed the last charge against Joseph Weekley, a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl during a raid. Two trials against Weekley ended without verdicts on a charge of reckless use of a gun. Weekley shot Aiyana Stanley-Jones as she slept on a couch in a Detroit home in 2010. It occurred during a frenzied raid by elite officers who burst through the door to search for a murder suspect after throwing a flash grenade to confuse anyone inside. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT  (The Associated Press)

Prosecutors are expected to explain why they won't seek a third trial in the case of a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl during a chaotic raid in 2010.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Wednesday she was dropping the only remaining charge, a misdemeanor, against Joseph Weekley. A judge is holding a hearing Friday.

Weekley accidentally fired his gun, striking Aiyana Stanley-Jones in the head while she slept on a couch at her Detroit home. He says he was struggling with Aiyana's grandmother, although she has steadfastly denied it.

Weekley was charged with involuntary manslaughter. The first trial ended without a verdict in 2013. During a second trial, Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway dismissed the felony after prosecutors presented their evidence.