No manslaughter retrial for Marysville officer

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Associated Press

Posted on November 29, 2012 at 6:32 AM

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The Marysville police officer whose daughter was killed by his gun will not face a second manslaughter trial.

Snohomish County prosecutors filed court documents Tuesday dismissing the case, saying they doubted whether another jury would be able to reach a unanimous verdict.

Officer Derek Carlile's first trial ended earlier this month in a hung jury. He remains on paid leave for a departmental review.

Carlile was charged with second-degree manslaughter after his 7-year-old daughter Jenna was shot in the family's van last March when her 3-year-old brother grabbed his father's .38-caliber revolver. The children were left alone with the gun for a short time while the van was parked in Stanwood.

Carlile's defense lawyer called the shooting a tragic mistake.

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