- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - The Michigan appeals court has suspended the trial of a Detroit police officer who killed a girl until it can review a major ruling by a judge.

Wayne County prosecutors asked the appeals court to intervene Friday after Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway dismissed an involuntary manslaughter charge against Officer Joseph Weekley. He accidentally shot 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones during a police raid in 2010.

Hathaway agreed with Weekley’s attorney that prosecutors had failed to show that the officer acted willfully. She dismissed the manslaughter charge after prosecutors closed their side of the trial.

Prosecutors say the judge is citing the wrong legal standard.

The trial was supposed to resume Monday with Weekley still facing a misdemeanor charge.



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