Breonna Taylor juror says grand jury wasn't given chance to weigh homicide charges

Andrew Wolfson, Louisville Courier Journal
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The grand jury never deliberated whether homicide or other charges were justified against the police officers in the Breonna Taylor case because they were never given the chance, an anonymous juror said in a statement Tuesday.

"The grand jury was not presented any charges other that the three Wanton Endangerment charges against Detective Brett Hankison," the grand juror said. "The grand jury did not have homicide offenses explained to them. The grand jury never heard anything about those laws.

"Questions were asked about additional charges and the grand jury was told there would be none because the prosecutors didn't feel they could make them stick."

The statement was released by the Glogower Law Office after Jefferson Circuit Judge Annie O'Connell issued a 10-page ruling on a motion allowing the grand juror to speak.

O'Connell officially dismissed a grand juror's motion to publicly speak about Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's handling of the investigation.

Previously: Grand juror says Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron's 'statements and actions' in Breonna Taylor case remain a 'mystery'

But Jefferson Circuit Judge Annie O'Connell's 10-page ruling left the door open to the grand juror refiling the motion.

O'Connell also rejected Cameron's argument that releasing a copy of the grand jury proceedings would "destroy the principle of secrecy that serves as the foundation of the grand jury system.”

She noted that another judge, Ann Bailey Smith, already ordered the grand jury recordings to be made public in the case against fired Louisville Metro Police Detective Hankison.

O'Connell also said Cameron has made "multiple public statements and characterizations about the grand jury and the resulting indictment" of Hankison.

She she said that makes Cameron's objection to releasing grand jury information "read as theatrical sturm und drang." That German phrase literally means "storm and stress" but has come to signify something that is overdramatic.

Neither Cameron's office nor attorney Kevin Glogower, who represents two grand jurors who want to speak about the proceedings, immediately responded to requests for comments.

Cameron decided for the grand jury that the two other officers involved in Taylor's March 13 death – Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove – acted in self defense when they returned fire after Mattingly was hit once by a shot fired by Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, as they were trying to execute a search warrant at her home.

Walker has said he thought someone was trying to rob the couple and did not know they were police officers.

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