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The lawyer for Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker reportedly says Kentucky’s top prosecutor went too far Wednesday when he stated as fact that Walker’s bullet hit an officer the night Taylor died.
Lawyer Rob Eggert reportedly shared withthe inconclusive findings of the ballistics report compiled by Kentucky State Police after the botched March 13 raid by three Louisville Metro Police officers ended Taylor’s life.
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The report, which was included in the investigative file provided to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, failed to prove that Walker fired the bullet that hit Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly in the thigh, VICE reported.
A screenshot of the report published by VICE concludes that “due to limited markings of comparative value, (the) item was neither identified nor eliminated as having been fired from #45,” the number that corresponds to the magazine found in Walker’s gun.
“This is the result of those tests on Walker’s single shot,” Eggert told VICE, saying he made the disclosure to counter Cameron’s comments.
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At a press conference Wednesday, Cameron said his investigation found that Sgt. Mattingly and Det. Myles Cosgrove were “justified” when they fired six and 16 bullets respectively into Taylor’s apartment almost “simultaneously.”
He said Mattingly was first to enter Taylor’s apartment and that he saw Walker pointing a gun while standing next to Taylor in a hallway.
“Sgt. Mattingly saw the man’s gun fire, heard a boom, and immediately knew he was shot as a result of feeling heat in his upper thigh,” Cameron said.
“Kenneth Walker fired the shot that hit Sergeant Mattingly. And there’s no evidence to support that Sgt. Mattingly was hit by friendly fire from other officers,” he said.
Attorneys for Taylor’s family have said Taylor and Walker were terrified when the plainclothes officers used a battering ram to break down the door shortly after midnight on March 13. The young couple believed they were the victims of a home invasion, and Walker only fired a single warning shot in self defense, the lawyers said.
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“Somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend,” Walker.
Taylor, a 26-year-old unarmed Black emergency room technician, was then shot six times and died at the scene.
Walker was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer, though the charges were eventually dropped after he spent two weeks in jail on $250,000 bond.
The FBI also submitted a ballistics report to Cameron’s office, but the full findings have not been released.
Even if it described a match between the bullet that hit Mattingly and Walker’s gun, the inconclusive findings of the Kentucky state report could call it into question, VICE reported.
A grand jury declined to indict Mattingly and Cosgrove but returned charges Wednesday charging Det. Brett Hankison with wanton endangerment for the bullets he fired into a neighboring white family’s apartment.
It appeared none of Hankison’s bullets struck Taylor, Cameron said.
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