Aiyana Jones

12:02 am
Mon July 15, 2013

'Justice for Trayvon': Detroiters protest in honor of Trayvon Martin

Lucy Perkins

"How many people believe today that there shouldn't be another Trayvon Martin?" Ron Scott asked a crowd through a megaphone.

This was the opening question to a rally on the corner of W. Adams and Woodward Ave. in Eastern Detroit Sunday evening to honor Trayvon Martin. Martin was an unarmed black teenager who was shot last year by George Zimmerman, a Hispanic neighborhood watch  volunteer. Zimmerman was found not guilty on Saturday of a second degree murder charge in the case. A jury determined Zimmerman shot Martin in self defense.  

The rally was organized primarily by the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, but had support from many other organizations, including the Detroit branch of the NAACP and the Green Party. 

On the base of a statue, several people spoke to about 100 people, including Ron Scott of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality.

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11:34 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Deliberations continue today in Aiyana Stanley-Jones case

Joseph Weekley is facing a felony charge of 'invonluntary manslaughter' for the death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones.
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DETROIT (AP) — A jury has resumed deliberations in the trial of a Detroit police officer blamed for the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old girl.

The jury met for about five hours Friday before going home for the weekend. Deliberations started again Monday around 9:30 a.m. in Wayne County court.

Joseph Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter, a felony.

Aiyana Stanley-Jones was shot in the head while she slept on a couch near the front door of a Detroit home. Weekley was leading a pack of officers into the home to search for a murder suspect in 2010.

Weekley claims he accidentally pulled the trigger when Aiyana's grandmother struck his gun. Mertilla Jones denies any interference.

The jury could acquit Weekley or convict him of a lesser crime.

8:53 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Jury to decide fate of Detroit cop who shot Aiyana Stanley-Jones

Jurors will get instructions from a judge and then start deliberations in the trial of a Detroit police officer charged in the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old girl.

Joseph Weekley told jurors Thursday that he wasn't reckless when he accidentally fired his gun during a raid, killing Aiyana Stanley-Jones three years ago. He says he was struggling with Aiyana's grandmother over the gun.

The jury is returning to court Friday. Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter, a felony, but the jury also can consider it a misdemeanor crime.

Prosecutor Rob Moran says there was no interference from grandmother Mertilla Jones. But defense attorney Steve Fishman says Jones has no credibility because she's told different stories about what happened.

Aiyana was killed when police raided a house to capture a murder suspect.