Authorities have decided to drop their case against a police officer who shot and killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones, 7, while she was sleeping during a raid by Detroit's Special Response Team on May 16, 2010.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy will move to drop a misdemeanor charge of careless discharge of a firearm causing death against Detroit Police Officer Joseph Weekley, reports the Associated Press.
The nighttime raid was filmed by a production crew for the A&E reality TV series "The First 48" (video below).
Stanley-Jones was sleeping on a couch when she was shot in the head and killed during the raid.
Officer Weekley's first trial ended in June 2013 without a verdict, while his second trial resulted in a hung jury. Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway dismissed a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the second trial.
The remaining misdemeanor charge would have only carried a maximum of two years in prison.
According to MLive.com, Officer Weekley claimed that he was blinded by a fellow officer's flash-bang grenade, and turned towards the sofa where the girl and her grandmother Mertilla Jones were sleeping.
Officer Weekly said that Jones hit his MP5 submachine gun, causing it to fire and hit Stanley-Jones.
However, Jones claims that she never touched the weapon.
CBS Detroit reported in 2013 that she testified, "The guy was just pointing right there and Aiyana [was] hit. I seen the light leave out of her eyes. The gun went off and shot her in the head. I started screaming and hollering, 'Y’all done killed my grandbaby.'”
The police were searching for a murder suspect who lived upstairs, noted The Huffington Post.
According to Ron Scott, a spokesman for Stanley-Jones's family, says they will pursue a civil rights charge against Officer Weekley.