DETROIT (AP) — A judge has turned down a request to stop the trial of a Detroit police officer who killed a girl during a raid in 2010.
A defense attorney argued that Joseph Weekley's right to a fair trial was spoiled when the victim's grandmother lashed out at the officer while testifying last week.
Wayne County Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway turned down a request for a mistrial Monday after talking to jurors.
Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones. He insists he accidentally pulled the trigger when grandmother Mertilla Jones grabbed his gun.
She denies any interference. Jones looked at Weekley in court last week and said, "You killed my grandbaby."
It's Weekley's second trial. A jury couldn't reach a verdict last year.