Prosecutors will retry North Miami officer accused of wounding caretaker

Posted at 3:25 PM, Mar 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-27 15:25:17-04

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida police officer accused of shooting and wounding a severely autistic man's caretaker is facing another trial.

Prosecutors in South Florida said Wednesday that they'll retry Jonathan Aledda.

Earlier this month, the North Miami police officer was acquitted on a misdemeanor negligence count. A second negligence charge and two counts of attempted manslaughter resulted in a hung jury. A mistrial was declared on those three charges.

Aledda testified at trial that he thought Arnaldo Rios Soto had a gun and was holding his caretaker, Charles Kinsey, hostage. It turned out Rios was holding a toy truck.

Authorities said Kinsey was lying in the street with his arms upraised, begging police not to shoot.

The incident gained national attention after it was partially captured on a bystander's video.