LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The search warrant in connection to the death of Louisville EMT, Breonna Taylor has been released and reveals she was not the main subject of a ‘no-knock’ search warrant that resulted in her death.
Louisville Metro Police entered the 26-year-old's apartment at 3003 Springfield Drive around 12:40 a.m. on March 13 as a part of a drug-trafficking investigation.
A judge signed a no-knock search warrant in March which gave police permission to enter the property without identifying themselves. Despite that, LMPD said detectives knocked several times and announced their presence. Taylor's attorneys, which include national civil rights attorney Ben Crump, revealed on Wednesday, they have four witnesses who plan to prove LMPD wrong.
"They were neighbors and the police never announced themselves," Crump said. "They did not identify themselves and they were in plain clothes, and so what is Breonna Taylor and Kenny Walker to think at one o'clock in the morning when somebody breaches their castle?"
Attorneys said police shot 22 rounds and said Taylor was hit eight times.
The police raid resulting in Taylor’s death has the Louisville community raising questions as to who the target was in the search warrant at her apartment.
“Our expectations, hopes and intentions with this case is to shed light on what is a very corrupt police department that has been able – through self-policing and investigating itself – to get away with these kind of things too often in the past," Taylor's family attorney, Sam Aguiar said.
According to an arrest report, LMPD Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, Detectives Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove bursted into Taylor's home during a narcotics investigation. The officers were met with gunfire after Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, reportedly shot an officer. Attorneys said Walker, a registered gun owner, was acting in self-defense and thought someone was breaking into the apartment during the March 13 incident.
LMPD Police Chief Steve Conrad said there is no body-cam footage because the officers executing the search warrant were not wearing any. The three detectives were a part of the department’s Criminal Interdiction Division.
According to the search warrant, 30-year-old Jamarcus Glover and 27-year-old Adrian Walker, were listed as the main suspects. The warrant also listed Breonna Taylor’s name and DOB. Her address was on the warrant, including images of her apartment and patio.
Kenneth Walker’s name was not mentioned in the warrant. It is unclear at this time if Adrian and Kenneth are related.
An affidavit, by Detective Joshua C. Jaynes, affirms Glover was using Taylor’s address as his own since Feb. 20.
Detective Jaynes stated in his affidavit he had observed Glover and Adrian Walker since early January running a “trap house”, where drugs are sold, at 2424 Elliott Ave. Records show Taylor’s white 2016 Chevy Impala was also spotted occasionally at the house.
Glover and Adrian would make frequent trips to Taylor’s apartment in a red 2017 Dodge Charger from the house on Elliott Ave, according to the warrant. In on instance, Glover was reportedly spotted at Taylor’s place on January 16 leaving with a USPS package.
After leaving Taylor's apartment with the package, detectives said Glover then drove to the 2600 block of Muhammad Ali Blvd to a known “drug house.”
Detective Jaynes verified through a US Postal Inspector Glover had been receiving packages suspected of drugs to Taylor’s apartment. The detective believed Glover had been stashing drugs or money at her apartment to avoid detection from law enforcement. He was charged the same morning Taylor was killed.
Documents show the no-knock order was requested because Glover and Adrian Walker have a history of attempting to destroy evidence, fleeing police and placing surveillance cameras on the trap house to compromise detectives if seen approaching.
"Kenny Walker right now his case is so important too because he got charged with attempted murder of a police officer as a result of everything the police did in this," Aguiar said.
Though Walker was arrested and charged, court records show a judge released him on home incarceration in late March.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer revealed Wednesday, Commonwealth Attorney Tom Wine would be recusing himself in Taylor's case because he is prosecuting Kenneth Walker. In a statement Fischer said in part: “The case will be submitted to the Commonwealth’s Attorney to determine potential prosecution. If Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine does not pursue charges, or once a potential case is over, the matter is handed over for review by the Professional Standards Unit, which could then lead to discipline from the Chief, if that is deemed appropriate.”
The Commonwealth's Attorney's Office said it has requested the Attorney General to appoint a special prosecutor to review the case.
Taylor's case has received national attention including of former presidential candidate and California Senator, Kamala Harris. Harris said there should be an investigation, and "there is not justice coming out of Bill Barr's Department of Justice."
Louisville's Interdenominational Ministerial Coalition is calling for outside help in the case saying in a statement, "We call for an immediate independent investigation into Ms. Taylor's death led by law enforcement, investigators, and prosecutors outside the Louisville community."
LMPD said it does not comment on pending litigation, but confirmed the three detectives have remained on administrative reassignment since the shooting.