A stun grenade smashed through a window, exploding over the couch where 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones lay sleeping. Armed, black-clad and masked police officers swarmed into the living room and, moments later, Aiyana lay bleeding to death with a gunshot wound to the head.
“As soon as they came in, their guns were just pointing right there, and he pulled the trigger,” Aiyana’s grandmother, Mertilla Jones said Monday of Joseph Weekley during the Detroit police officer’s involuntary manslaughter trial in Wayne County Circuit Court.
Armed with an MP5 submachine gun and behind a shield, Weekley was selected as point man for the raid–a search for murder suspect, Chauncey Owens.
Weekley claimed his gun accidentally fired when Mertilla Jones bumped into him or grabbed it. Prosecutors say he was negligent in failing to control his weapon.
Jones testified Aiyana’s head was propped against the armrest of the couch as she slept and Weekley was holding the gun right next to the armrest when it discharged.
When asked by prosecutors if knowing children were in the house would have forced police to change raid tactics, special response team member Larry Davis responded: “Probably not.”