Marysville officer won’t face charges in daughter’s death

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MARYSVILLE — Manslaughter charges were dismissed Wednesday against Marysville police officer Derek Carlile in connection with the accidental shooting death of his 7-year-old daughter in March.

Carlile’s initial manslaughter trial ended in a mistrial with a hung jury two weeks ago. A retrial date was set for Jan. 29.

But the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office dismissed the charges Wednesday.

Prosecutor Mark Roe said, “The case and the facts were taken to the community and the community is divided over whether it was a crime or not. The decision is mine and (in) my opinion, we could try this case 100 times, and we would end up with a jury split somewhere near the middle all 100 times.”

Roe said some on the first jury and many in the community felt Carlile and his family had suffered enough with the loss of their child. “This an unusual case because the punishment came before the trial,” Roe said.

“This has been a terrible burden for the family to have to go through and they’re just very pleased that it’s over with,” said Carlile’s lawyer, David Allen.

Carlile was initially charged with manslaughter after his daughter Jenna was shot dead by her 3-year-old brother after their father allegedly left a handgun unsecured in the family van in March.

“I think the (original) jurors who (ended in a hung jury) were on our side … all these jurors for the most part were parents who understood that there but for fortune go we,” Allen said. “Because parents do make mistakes, and that still doesn’t make it a crime.”

Carlile’s status with the Marysville Police Department is unchanged and he remains on administrative leave, pending an internal administrative review.

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  • Brittany Pokakaa

    aint that some B.S. if it were anyone else our asses woulda already been locked up and charged! i hope he never lives with himself again. be more responsible and keep your gun hidden. If you can’t be an adult and keep your gun hidden and locked then you shouldn’t have the right to bare arms. COP OR NOT!

  • Bill C

    this is not justice this man did three things wrong..had a gun in the car, had it loaded and left it unattended..Who cries for justice for the young child that lost her life..Shame on you spineless Snohomish prosectors..a terrible injustice

  • Amber

    What are you people thinking? Don't you people think he has been punished enough! His daughter died. One of his own. If anything he should do some fun safety classes. Have a heart. If it was accidental you too would be let off.

  • Brittany Pokakaa

    his daughter wouldnt have died if he wasnt such an immature asswipe and left his gun unattended in the freaking cup holder. are you serious?? Try keeping your gun where it belongs and innocent kids won’t die!

  • David

    The bottom line is that he WAS charged and tried by a jury of his peers. If you people want to blame anyone, then the blame should point towards the jury. It's not about whether he's a cop or not. The Sheriff's Office conducted the investigation and the Prosecutor's office filed the charges. Carlisle was then arrested (like anyone else – by the way). His case then went to trial. We are all not privey to what was discussed among the jurors behind closed doors. Whatever it was led to the jury to not come to a unanimous decision.

  • anony

    I feel that this is a tragic case. This man was a loving father to these children and will suffer the loss of his daughter the rest of his life. No amount of further punishment will do anything constructive other than hurt this family even more. I agree with the verdict.