Detroit officer gives emotional testimony in trial for girl's shooting during raid

Officer Joseph Weekley faces manslaughter charge for Aiyana Jones' 2010 shooting death

Author: Roger Weber, Local 4 Reporter, @RogerWLocal4, rogerw@wdiv.com
Published On: Jun 13 2013 06:47:15 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 13 2013 06:53:29 PM EDT
officer Joseph Weekley
DETROIT -

Detroit police Officer Joseph Weekley, accused of manslaughter in the shooting death of a 7-year-old girl, took the witness stand Thursday in his own defense.

"I replay it every day in my head. There’s nothing I could have done differently," said Weekley.

On May 16, 2010, Weekley led a raid into a house where Aiyana Jones was visiting. He and other members of the Special Response Team were there to arrest a murder suspect. Weekley says he stepped through the door just before a stun grenade detonated.

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"The first thing I see making entry is the room is empty. The TV is on. There’s a couch to my immediate left, with laundry and blankets on it," Weekley said.

Aiyana and her grandmother Mertilla Jones were sleeping on that couch. Weekley says he turned his submachine gun in that direction when he heard a voice.

"As I swing my weapon toward the person, an unidentified woman hit the weapon down in a downward motion and pulled back on the weapon. She hit it with such force ... I must have pulled the trigger," he said.

Weekley says he didn’t realize his gun had fired. Thinking the shot came from a man standing near a bedroom, he moved toward him.

During cross examination, Assistant Prosecutor Robert Moran questioned how Weekley could not have realized his weapon had discharged. He also challenged Weekley’s assertion that he did not notice toys outside the house before the raid.

Weekley did not appear rattled by the questions. However, when his lawyer, Steve Fishman, asked him about his two young daughters, the defendant paused several seconds and fought back tears.

Aiyana’s mother and grandmother were in tears in the back of the courtroom.

Jury deliberations begin Friday.