Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron seeks to delay release of grand jury evidence in Breonna Taylor case

Daniel Cameron has asked a judge to halt the release of the highly-anticipated recordings by one week.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has asked a judge to delay the release of grand jury evidence in the Breonna Taylor case that was set to be presented to the public on Wednesday.

Cameron, a Republican, was expected to release the highly-anticipated recordings of the grand jury proceedings after a Jefferson County state court judge ordered that the evidence in the two-and-half-day period be filed with the court. The judge’s ruling came after one of the 12 jurors accused Cameron’s office of possibly mispresenting the case to the public versus the case that was presented before the grand jury.

The juror’s lawyer requested in court that all recordings, transcripts, and reports of the grand jury relating to the police shooting of Taylor be publicly released.

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Breonna Taylor, left, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, right. (Photo: Breonna Taylor’s family/Getty Images)

On Monday, Cameron announced that he would comply with the court ruling to release all of the evidence, which he initially refused despite calls to do so from the Kentucky governor, the Louisville mayor and Breonna Taylor’s family’s attorneys. However, the very next day the attorney general filed a motion to delay the release of the recordings by one week, according to CNN. Cameron argued that he needed time to redact evidence to protect the interests of witnesses.

In a statement from his office, Cameron said he wanted to “redact personal identifiers of any named person, and to redact both names and personal identifiers of any private citizen.” The AG added that the recordings are 20 hours long and needed “additional time … to redact personally identifiable information of witnesses, including addresses and phone numbers.”

As theGrio previously reported, Kevin Glogower, the lawyer representing the concerned juror, says that the unidentified person was unsettled by the fact that the grand jury was not given the option of charging Louisville Metro Police Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove. The 12-member panel was presented only with possible charges for Detective Brett Hankison, who was fired in June and is now facing three charges in the case — not for shooting and killing Breonna Taylor but into her neighbor’s home.

Brett Hankison, Breonna Taylor
Brett Hankison (Instagram), Breonna Taylor (Facebook)

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Last week, in his news conference, Cameron declined to say what charges were presented to the grand jury. 

“Our prosecutors presented all of the evidence, even though the evidence supported that Sgt. Mattingly and Detective Cosgrove were justified in their use of force after having been fired upon by Kenneth Walker (Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend),” said Elizabeth Kuhn via email. 

A spokeswoman for Cameron’s office clarified for the Times that “the only charge recommended (to the grand jury) was wanton endangerment.”

theGrio’s Biba Adams contributed to this report.

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