Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend ‘devastated’ he was blamed for her ‘murder’ by Kentucky AG: lawyer

On that fateful night, Kenneth Walker fired one shot, claiming that he thought the police were intruders.

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An attorney representing Kenneth Walker, the boyfriend of Breonna Taylor, said that the day a Kentucky grand jury brought no charges against the officers for killing her was “almost as tough as the day itself.” 

Frederick Moore III was referring to the night of March 13, when Taylor was shot to death after officers entered her apartment on a no-knock warrant. On that fateful night, Walker fired one shot, claiming that he thought intruders were breaking into the apartment. 

Shown is a makeshift memorial for Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, where a grand jury indicted one police officer involved in her shooting death with three counts of wanton endangerment. Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend, is reportedly “devastated.” (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

The bullet hit Detective Myles Cosgrove in the leg. Officers returned fire, pumping at least 20 bullets into the apartment, with six hitting Taylor, one of them fatally. 

Moore said that Walker is “devastated” that Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is wrongfully blaming his client for the killing. 

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Following the shooting, Walker was initially arrested and charged with attempted murder and assault; the charges were later dropped. 

In an interview on Thursday with NBC News, Moore said that his client maintains that Louisville Metropolitan Police did not identify themselves as they breached the apartment. Moore noted that out of nearly a dozen neighbors interviewed by The New York Times, only one said he heard police identify themselves a single time. 

Cameron also referenced this witness in his Wednesday news conference. 

Moore said that he and Walker “remain resolved in our determination to find the truth.” 

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Cameron said that under Kentucky law, Cosgrove and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly were justified in shooting Taylor because Walker had fired at them first. 

Fired Detective Brett Hankison was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment after he fired 10 rounds into the apartment, several of which entered the home of a neighbor. 

Moore said that Cameron did not share all of the evidence with the public.

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“Say what all the evidence shows,” he said. “Don’t only say what helps your case. He presented an affirmative case to the grand jury. He stood up there yesterday and acted like a criminal defense lawyer.” 

The release of relevant documents is a request that has been echoed by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, who are encouraging the attorney general to publish his findings online. 

Cameron’s office said it would not do so because such an action could “compromise” the federal investigation into the case. 

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