Detroit police officer charged in shooting death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, 7, during raid
GINA DAMRON AND JOE SWICKARD (Detroit Free Press) | October 4, 2011
Detroit Police Officer Joseph Weekley has been arraigned on an indictment on charges of involuntary manslaughter and careless and reckless discharge of a firearm causing death in the May 2010 slaying of Aiyana Stanley-Jones during a raid.
Also charged in an indictment is Allison Howard, 42, of Boston. She is charged with perjury and obstruction of justice. Wayne County prosecutors said Howard was a photographer with “The First 48,” which had a crew following the Special Response Team the night of the raid.
Weekley and Howard will be back in court Friday for a pretrial hearing before Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway.
Assistant prosecutor Robert Moran told the court that she lied during the investigative subpoena, adding seven months onto the investigation into the shooting by Michigan State Police.
But her lawyer, Robert Harrison, said she will be cleared.
“This is just a horrible thing when she was just doing her job,” he said. “This is just a terrible, awful kind of circumstance that shouldn’t happen and it will be corrected.”
She’s a 15-year, highly respected veteran of video production, he said.
Worthy said she couldn’t comment on the indictments of Weekley and Howard.
The two were arraigned before Wayne County Circuit Judge Margie Braxton.
Charles Jones, Aiyana’s father, was arrested today and is facing at least 5 charges: First–degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm, felony firearm, habitual fourth offense and perjury at a court proceeding in the shooting of Je’Rean Blake, a teen killed two days before the raid, Worthy said.