The top prosecutor in Jefferson County, Kentucky, said on Friday that he had asked a court to deny attempts at murder and assault on her boyfriend. Breonna Taylor, a woman killed by the police while executing a search warrant.
Kenneth Walker, 27, opened fire, wounding and injuring a sergeant in the Louisville Metro Police Department during the March 13 operation that was part of an investigation that included Taylor, 26.
Commonwealth lawyer Tom Wine said he is asking a court to dismiss the pending grand jury charge against Walker until FBI investigations, the US Attorney's Office and the State Attorney General's Office can be completed.
"If, after these analyzes, we believe that there is sufficient evidence to present this matter to the grand jury, we will do so," Wine said at a news conference.
The grand jury in the case was not informed by the police that Taylor was killed, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported Thursday.
Civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump is one of the lawyers representing the Taylor family.
On Friday, he said in a statement: "The charges should never have been filed".
On Friday, Wine criticized what he called "false information" about police actions, while continuing to present arguments against Walker, including the audio of the investigators' interview with the man and the audio of an official's account of the that happened when the couple woke up early. day.
He said several police officers testified that his presence was announced and questioned Walker's credibility. The audio did not seem to contradict the claim that the police knocked several times without identifying themselves.
The officers wore plainclothes during the attack, which was approved by a judge as a "no knock" warrant. This warrant allows the police to invade a location without warning. Kentucky is a standing state, which allows for deadly force when someone is violently attacked.
The injured officer, Jon Mattingly, described the start of the operation: "Knocked on the door. No answer. Knocked with it again. No answer. At that point, we started announcing ourselves: & # 39; Police, please come to the door. . Police, we have a search warrant. & # 39; "
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Walker said he was scared and believed that an ex-boyfriend who was not welcome in the house had returned and that whoever was at the door "did not answer". He said he called 911, fired a shot when the door opened and pointed at the floor.
"I didn't mean to," said Walker. "Clearly, I was scared."
Taylor's family filed an illegal death lawsuit against three police officers in the attack. The lawsuit alleges that Taylor was a secondary target in a drug investigation that has already resulted in an arrest.