Kenneth Walker, the boyfriend of the late Breonna Taylor, no longer faces charges for shooting Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly on the night of Taylor’s death on March 13, 2020.
As reported by the Louisville Courier-Journal, Jefferson Circuit Judge Olu Stevens ruled Monday that Walker’s charges would be dismissed with prejudice, meaning he cannot be recharged.
Following the announcement, Walker’s attorney Steve Romines released a statement slamming the city of Louisville and its police force.
“We believe the city used Kenneth as a pawn to cover up the events that took place on March 13, 2020, and further used him to cover up the deep-seated failures within the Louisville Metro Police Department,” Romines said.
“It does not go unnoticed that neither the city nor the LMPD has apologized for using Kenneth as a scapegoat for an improper raid gone bad.”
On the night of March 13, when Mattingly and two other cops executed a search warrant in a drug case connected to Taylor’s ex-boyfriend Jamarcus Glover, Walker was arrested and charged with assault and attempted murder of a police officer after he shot Mattingly in the thigh.
Walker told “CBS This Morning” last September that he fired his gun because he and Taylor thought they were victims of a home invasion.
Despite what authorities say, Walker said he is “a million percent sure” police did not identify themselves that night.
That same month, Walker sued the city and the police department, alleging he is a victim of police misconduct.
However, the next month, Mattingly filed a civil counterclaim against Walker alleging he experienced “severe trauma, mental anguish, and emotional distress” from the shooting.
In response to this, Romines told CBS News in October that Walker is “protected by law under KRS 503.085 and is immune from both criminal prosecution and civil liability as he was acting in self-defense in his own home.”
Per the Louisville Courier-Journal, Walker is still facing this lawsuit.
Citing FBI ballistics analysis, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said at a September 2020 press conference that Taylor was killed by a fatal shot “fired by Detective [Myles] Cosgrove.”
Though no murder charges were filed in Taylor’s killing, now-former officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment for firing into a nearby apartment. He has since pleaded not guilty.