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Allison Howard, 'The First 48' Videographer, Pleads In Fatal Detroit Raid That Killed Aiyana-Stanley Jones

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In a Friday, March 8, 2013 photo, defendant Joseph Weekely, right, and A&E producer Allison Howard, who was at the raid, sit in court before Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway at Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit. Weekley goes on trial Wednesday, May 29, 2013. He is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones, who died when Weekley's gun fired as police, accompanied by a reality TV crew, raided a Detroit home in search of a murder suspect in May 2010. (AP | AP
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DETROIT — 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 1 1/2 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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