On Tuesday, a Kentucky judge ordered the release of audio from the grand jury hearing in the Breonna Taylor case.
On Monday, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron admitted that he only recommended wanton endangerment charges against Louisville Metro Detective Myles Cosgrove, then-officer Brett Hankison, and Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly. The prosecutor never presented homicide charges to the grand jury.
While Hankison was charged with wanton endangerment in connection with the deadly raid, the charge he is facing is in connection to shots he reportedly fired into Taylor’s neighbor’s apartment. Mattingly and Cosgrove were not indicted.
A Jefferson County Circuit Court judge ordered the release of the audio recordings in response to a motion filed by an anonymous grand juror. The grand juror also asked the court to allow other jurors the option to relinquish their anonymity so they could speak about the case on the record, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.
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In the motion, the unidentified juror accused Cameron of using the panel “as a shield to deflect accountability and responsibility for those decisions.” The juror also said Cameron refused to answer specific questions regarding the charges he was presenting.
Louisville attorney Kevin Glogower, who is representing the unidentified juror, declined to say what questions Cameron left unanswered, but he told the Courier-Journal that his client is “aggrieved” about what is not being revealed to the public.
On March 13, Cosgrove, Hankison, and Mattingly reportedly fatally shot Taylor, 26, while executing a search warrant at her home. The warrant was one of five police issued as they investigated Taylor’s former boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover. Glover was found 10 miles from Taylor’s apartment the same night as her shooting death, according to multiple reports.
Louisville Metro police claimed the officers announced themselves and returned gunfire to Walker. Walker was initially charged with the attempted murder of a police officer and first-degree assault, but prosecutors dropped the charges due to a lack of evidence.
In late June, Louisville Metro police Interim Chief Robert Schroeder fired officer Hankison in connection with the deadly raid. Schroeder said Hankinson “blindly” fired 10 rounds into Taylor’s apartment and the unit next door. Hankinson is in the process of appealing his termination.
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