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Weekley knew his job and weapon, police sergeant testifies

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Officer Joseph Weekley in court as his trial continued on Thursday. Officer Joseph Weekley in court as his trial continued on Thursday.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Relatives of Aiyana Stanley-Jones were inside the house on Lillibridge the night she was killed in May of 2010. It was the same night the Detroit Police Special Response Team raided the home in search of suspected murderer Chauncey Owens. They found him, but not before something went terribly wrong.

"She just kept screaming, said... 'They killed Aiyana,'" Lakrystal Sanders, the girl's aunt, testified.

Video from "The First 48" camera crew that was at the scene shows the flash and the first bang from a distractionary device police threw through the window to help the officers get through the front door and what is called "the fatal funnel."

"It's a distraction. You want to draw away from the area that you're going in," said Sergeant Tim Dollinger.

"The one thing that officers want to avoid being trapped in the fatal funnel?" the officer was asked.

"Yes," Dollinger said.

The second bang on that video is Officer Weekley's M5. He was the first one inside, the point person.

"I recognized it as a gunshot," Dollinger testified. "That's when I seen the little girl on the couch that was laying down."

"She had injuries to her face, so at that time Officer Taylor ended up coming in. I had him take the little girl out and get her medical attention."

Prosecutors are trying to prove Weekley was guilty of involuntary manslaughter and careless discharge of a firearm that night.

"If you put your finger on the trigger and don't exercise ordinary care, the gun can go off, right?" Dollinger was asked.

"Yes," he said.

But Dollinger also testified Weekley knew his job and knew his weapon.

"Was there ever an occasion in all these search warrants that were executed where Officer Weekley discharged his weapon accidentally?" the officer was asked.

"No," Dollinger said.

Testimony will resume on Monday. The judge said that next week jurors will be leaving the courthouse for a field trip to experience what a flash-bang grenade is like.

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