EVERETT, Wash. - A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a Marysville police officer charged with manslaughter in connection with the fatal shooting of his 7-year-old daughter in March.
Derek Carlile's daughter Jenna was killed after he left a gun unsecured in the family's van while Carlile and his wife were out of the vehicle. His 3-year-old son got ahold of the weapon that went off, shooting Jenna in the stomach. She later died at a hospital.
The jury told the judge that after several votes, it was deadlocked. The judge questioned jurors, and declared a mistrial Tuesday afternoon.
Prosecutors said the little boy, who was used to playing with toy guns, saw Carlile's loaded .38-caliber service revolver, that the gun could have been put in a lockable storage box and that its safety lock was not engaged.
Carlile's attorney said the officer meant to put the off-duty weapon on his ankle, but simply got distracted and never meant to leave his children in danger.