No new trial yet for Detroit police officer in Aiyana Jones death

Detroit officer Joseph Weekley returned to court Thursday, 5 weeks after a jury couldn't reach verdict

Published On: Jul 25 2013 04:52:27 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 25 2013 01:09:40 PM EDT
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DETROIT -

It could be months before another trial is held in the case of a Detroit police officer who admits he mistakenly killed a 7-year-old girl.

Joseph Weekley returned to court Thursday, five weeks after a jury couldn't reach a verdict in his involuntary manslaughter trial.

Previous story: Hung jury, mistrial declared in Weekley's trial

Wayne County Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway says she wants to have a second trial before the end of the year. She told attorneys she'll discuss a date during another hearing on Aug. 21.

Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones. His gun went off after he and other officers stormed a Detroit home to arrest a murder suspect in 2010.

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

Separately, a videographer filming the raid for "The First 48" TV show was placed on probation Thursday and ordered to perform community service. Allison Howard pleaded no contest to obstructing justice during the investigation.