Audio recordings of the grand jury proceedings pertaining to the death of Breonna Taylor should be released on Friday.
Recordings of the proceedings were scheduled to be released on Wednesday. However, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron asked for a one-week extension. Instead, a federal judge awarded Cameron just 48 more hours to release the recordings.
Cameron, the state’s first Black Attorney General, has come under fire for his handling of the case. During a press conference, he indicated that officers Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove were justified in firing the fatal shots in Breonna Taylor’s apartment because her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, had fired at them. However, a newly released ballistics report shows no definitive evidence that the shot that hit Mattingly in his thigh came from Walker’s firearm. Furthermore, Cameron publicly stated that he never recommended that the grand jury consider murder charges.
In the end, Cameron’s recommendations resulted in the grand jury charging former officer Brett Hankinson with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for firing into a neighboring apartment. Hankinson faces up to five years in prison. He has pleaded not guilty.
The recording of the grand jury proceedings are expected to be released at noon.