The charges have been permanently dismissed with prejudice against Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend, who shot a police officer during the deadly raid that killed Taylor, according to reports.
Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens in Kentucky signed an order Monday to permanently close the criminal case against Kenneth L. Walker. Stevens’ warrant dismissed the 2020 indictment against Walker with prejudice, meaning it cannot be reconsidered.
Taylor was fatally shot by police who broke into her door with a narcotics warrant on March 13, 2020. She and Walker had settled in for the night when police arrived and broke down the door. Walker said he thought an intruder was breaking in and fired a single shot that hit the sergeant. Jonathan Mattingly on the thigh.
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“I’m not naive enough to believe that, A, maybe Kenneth Walker didn’t hear us, or B, that [attorneys] he couldn’t convince one in 12 people that they didn’t listen to us, “Mattingly said in October.
Mattingly recovered from the leg injury and remains with the Louisville Police Department.
A motion by Walker’s attorney calling for permanent termination under Kentucky’s “defend his position” provisions said Walker “acted in self-defense and did not know the police were on the other side of the door.”
Prosecutors dismissed a police officer’s attempted murder charge against Walker in May, about two months after Taylor’s death. But prosecutors left open the opportunity to review the charge against Walker if new evidence emerged.
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Two other officers who shot at Taylor’s apartment were fired from the apartment.
Associated Press contributed to this report.