Breonna Taylor’s ex-boyfriend was offered a plea deal, months after Taylor’s death, in which prosecutors asked him to implicate the 26-year-old EMT in an alleged drug trafficking operation, according to a new report.
Taylor was killed by police gunfire at her home in Louisville, Kentucky, in March of this year, after her boyfriend fired at undercover officers who entered the residence, reportedly believing the officers were intruders.
According to an earlier report in the Louisville Courier-Journal, police fired 20 rounds inside the home, and five bullets hit Taylor.
As the New York Times reported, officers from the Louisville Metro Police Department had gone to Taylor’s home that night with a court-approved “no knock” warrant, in connection to their investigation of Taylor’s former boyfriend Jamarcus Glover, a convicted drug dealer who reportedly lived 10 miles away. According to the report, Taylor and Glover had been in an off-again, on-again relationship for about four years; and Taylor had sometimes dated her longtime friend Kenneth Walker during their breaks. But earlier in the year, she reportedly made the decision to commit to Walker, and it appears she attempted to distance herself from Glover — but as recently as February, he had listed Taylor’s address as his own, and sometimes had packages delivered there.
Among the missteps on the night Taylor was killed, officers mistakenly concluded that Taylor was home alone, according to the New York Times report. Though police had reportedly been staking out Taylor’s home earlier that March night, they did not notice that Walker, her boyfriend, was with her.
Glover was arrested on an outstanding warrant last week, after he had reportedly failed to post $50,000 bail in connection to his drug trafficking arrest the night Taylor was killed. Shortly before his arrest last week, Glover told the Louisville Courier-Journal that Taylor had no involvement in drug trafficking and questioned why police went to her home, though Glover reportedly said in recorded jailhouse interviews that he had money stashed at Taylor’s home, possibly for bail.
On Monday, citing records that appear to have been obtained through the Taylor family’s attorney, WDRB reported that prosecutors offered Glover a plea deal in July that may have spared him jail time if he had said Taylor was part of his “organized crime syndicate.”
Glover reportedly rejected the offer, which, according to the report, may have allowed him to be released on probation instead of serving his sentence in prison. As the report notes, the plea offer was not entered into official record because the defendant rejected it.
A reporter from VICE News said in a Twitter post on Thursday that the family attorney shared a photo of the plea deal offer with the news outlet.
On Tuesday, we were told Breonna Taylor’s ex-boyfriend Jamarcus Glover was offered a plea deal, which would have required him to say that Taylor was part of his drug operation. Just now, the family’s attorney shared a picture of a plea deal that appears to show it is true pic.twitter.com/E9nsWQLKrb
— Roberto Aram Ferdman (@robferdman) August 31, 2020
Sam Aguiar, an attorney representing Taylor’s family in a wrongful death lawsuit, accused the Jefferson Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office and the police department of trying to paint a falsely negative picture of Taylor, possibly to provide justification for what her family believes is a wrongful death.
“The fact that they would try to even represent that she was a co-defendant in a criminal case more than a month after she died is absolutely disgusting,” Aguiar told WDRB, appearing to refer to specifics of the plea deal offer would have had Glover state that co-defendants were involved in criminal activity through mid-April.
Glover’s attorney reportedly declined to comment for the news story, and the Jefferson Commonwealth Attorney did not immediately respond to WDRB’s request for comment.
This is a developing story, and all information is preliminary. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.
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