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Attorney General Details Completion of Breonna Taylor Death Investigation

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Wednesday announced the completion of the Special Prosecution Unit's (SPU) investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor.

Posted: Sep 23, 2020 3:43 PM
Updated: Sep 23, 2020 3:53 PM

Following the indictment of former Louisville Metro Police Department Detective Brett Hankison on three counts of Wanton Endangerment, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron shared details on the completion of the investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor.

“The loss of Ms. Breonna Taylor’s life is a tragedy, and our office has worked tirelessly since receiving the case in mid-May to review all of the evidence in preparation for presenting it to an independent Grand Jury,” said Attorney General Cameron.

“The Grand Jury determined that there is no evidence to support a criminal violation of state law caused Ms. Taylor’s death," Cameron continued. "The Grand Jury found that there was sufficient evidence to indict Detective Hankison for wanton endangerment for firing his weapon outside a sliding glass door and through a bedroom window, with some bullets traveling through that apartment and entering the apartment next door while three residents were at home.”

During the course of the independent investigation into Taylor’s death, SPU conducted interviews, sought the expertise of state and federal partners, including the KSP and FBI crime labs, and spent thousands of hours examining all of the available evidence.

SPU completed the last interview in the case on Friday, September 18, and began presenting the findings to a Jefferson County Grand Jury on Monday, Sept. 21.

The investigation found that Sergeant Mattingly and Detective Cosgrove were justified in their use of force, after having been fired upon by Kenneth Walker, Taylor's boyfriend.

Cameron says the KSP and FBI ballistics analysis reached different conclusions, creating doubt in the evidence about who fired the fatal shot.

Attorney General Cameron's remarks from his Wednesday press conference can be accessed here.

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