DETROIT (AP) — A man rounding up his dogs late at night testified Wednesday that he warned Detroit police that children were inside a home moments before an officer burst through the door and fatally shot a 7-year-old girl.
Mark Robinson said a stun grenade thrown through a window to confuse people inside sounded like a “bomb going off.” He said he next heard a gunshot and a woman screaming, “Y’all killed my baby.”
“One cop ran out with Aiyana in his arms,” Robinson told jurors, referring to Aiyana Stanley-Jones.
Officer Joseph Weekley is on trial for involuntary manslaughter, accused of negligence in failing to control his submachine gun as he entered the home in search of a murder suspect in May 2010. Aiyana was shot in the head while sleeping on a couch near the front door.
Weekley contends that he accidentally fired the gun when Aiyana’s grandmother, also on the couch, reached for it. Prosecutors, however, said there was no struggle.
The third day of trial revealed tensions between police and prosecutors handling the case. While being questioned by the defense, Sgt. Anthony Potts described Weekley as a “damn good” officer and the department’s elite Special Response Team as “family.”
Moments later, assistant prosecutor Rob Moran’s voice rose as he challenged Potts: “Is that how you consider the defendant, like family? So you’re testifying against family?”