Videographer pleads in fatal Detroit police raid

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This undated family photo shows Aiyana Jones at her sixth birthday party. Wayne County Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway declared a mistrial Tuesday, June 18, 2013, after jurors failed to reach a verdict in the trial of a Detroit police officer who fatally shot Jones during a chaotic search for a murder suspect that was recorded by a reality TV crew. (AP Photo/Family Photo via The The Detroit News) NO SALES
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This undated family photo shows Aiyana Jones at her sixth birthday party. Wayne County Judge Cynthia …

DETROIT (AP) — A videographer for a reality television show crew filming a Detroit police raid that left a 7-year-old girl dead has pleaded no contest to obstruction of justice.

The Wayne County prosecutor's office says a perjury charge against Allison Howard was dismissed Thursday. Howard will serve 1½ to 2 years' probation in Massachusetts.

A crew from cable's "The First 48" was shadowing police during a 2010 search for a murder suspect.

Aiyana Stanley-Jones was asleep on a sofa when she was shot during the raid on her home. Howard was accused of withholding video of the raid from investigators.

Officer Joseph Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter in Aiyana's slaying. A judge declared a mistrial Tuesday after jurors failed to reach a verdict in Weekley's trial.

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