Grandma Recounts Night Cops Killed 7-Year-Old

Tells trial cops 'came to kill' in 2010 raid that left granddaughter dead

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jun 10, 2013 5:55 PM CDT

(Newser) – Beneath a multi-colored quilt of Disney cartoon characters, 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones lay peacefully on the living room couch of her grandmother's first-floor Detroit flat. Within seconds, a stun grenade smashed through a window, exploding over the couch. 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 her head. "As soon as they came in, their guns were just pointing right there, and he pulled the trigger," Aiyana's grandmother, Mertilla Jones, 50, said today during the Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley's involuntary manslaughter trial.

The May 2010 nighttime raid was in search of murder suspect who lived upstairs in the unit, and the cops were being shadowed by a crew from reality TV show The First 48. Weekley has said his gun accidentally fired when Jones bumped into him or grabbed it. But Jones testified she rolled onto the floor after the noise and flash from the grenade, and was on her stomach when Weekley stormed in. Last week, a neighbor testified that he tried to tell officers before they raided the home that children were inside. Under cross-examination today, Jones said the officers were negligent. "They knew there were children in there. So why would they come in there like that? They came to kill, and they killed a 7-year-old."

This undated family photo shows Aiyana Stanley-Jones, 7, who was shot and killed Sunday, May 16, 2010, by a shot from a Detroit police officer during a raid to arrest a murder suspect.
This undated family photo shows Aiyana Stanley-Jones, 7, who was shot and killed Sunday, May 16, 2010, by a shot from a Detroit police officer during a raid to arrest a murder suspect.   (Anonymous)
Detroit Police officer Joseph Weekley, left, and his attorney Steve Fishman confer during a break in the proceedings at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Weekley is on trial for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, 7, during a police raid.
Detroit Police officer Joseph Weekley, left, and his attorney Steve Fishman confer during a break in the proceedings at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Weekley is...   (Daniel Mears)
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