Jury deliberates in Detroit police officer's trial

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Detroit Police Officer Joseph Weekley testifies during his trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter and careless discharge of a firearm causing death, in Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit, Mich., on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones. She was killed during a chaotic police raid to find a murder suspect at a Detroit house in 2010. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, David Coates)
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Detroit Police Officer Joseph Weekley testifies during his trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter …

DETROIT (AP) — The jury has begun deliberations in the trial of a Detroit police officer charged in the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old girl.

A Wayne County judge gave final instructions and sent the jury behind closed doors at 10:15 a.m. Friday.

Officer Joseph Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones during a raid in May 2010. He told jurors that he was struggling with Aiyana's grandmother when the weapon accidentally discharged.

The jury could convict Weekley of involuntary manslaughter or reckless discharge of a firearm, a misdemeanor. He also could be acquitted.

Prosecutor Rob Moran says there was no interference from grandmother Mertilla Jones. But defense attorney Steve Fishman says Jones has no credibility because she's told different stories about what happened.

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