Jury picked for Detroit officer who shot girl

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 17, 2014 at 4:32 p.m.


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DETROIT (AP) — A jury has been seated in the trial of a Detroit police officer who unintentionally killed a 7-year-old girl during a hunt for a murder suspect in 2010.

Opening statements are set for Thursday in Wayne County court. Three days of jury selection ended Wednesday.

Joseph Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter. He's accused of handling his gun recklessly during a raid at a Detroit home. Aiyana Stanley-Jones was fatally shot while she slept on a couch.

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

Weekley is white, and Aiyana was black. Jurors say race will have no influence on their ability to be fair.

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