Jury reaches verdict in Melendez trial

The jury has reached a decision in the trial of former Inkster police officer William Melendez. Melendez is charged with misconduct in office, assault with intent to do great bodily harm and strangulation after punching Floyd Dent in the head during a traffic stop last January, which was recorded on police dashcam video. Melendez was fired, and Inkster agreed to pay $1.4 million to Dent.

Dent's urine tested positive for cocaine, but a blood test taken hours later was negative.

The defense argues the force used during the traffic stop was reasonable.

After hearing closing arguments on Wednesday, the jury deliberated for about four hours. They announced earlier on Thursday to Judge Vonda Evans that they were undecided on a strangulation charge, and she sent them back in to continue discussions. 

Melendez faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

This is a developing story. Stay with FOX 2 for updates.

UPDATE: You can read the update on the jury's decision here.