Second grand juror says they were not given opportunity to weigh homicide charges in Breonna Taylor case


A second grand juror from the Breonna Taylor proceedings has come forward to echo criticisms raised by a fellow panelist, claiming they were not given an opportunity to consider homicide charges against the officers who carried out a no-knock warrant at her Louisville home the night she was killed.

In an anonymous statement released Thursday, the juror reiterated that they were only able to consider endangerment charges against former officer Brett Hankison for shooting into a neighboring apartment.

The first grand juror, who has also remained anonymous, won a court fight earlier this week to speak publicly about the proceedings. They also said they wanted to consider other charges against the officers, but was told “there would be none because the prosecutors didn’t feel they could make them stick.”

In Thursday’s statement, released by Louisville attorney Kevin Glogower, the second panelist said they agree “wholeheartedly with the statement released by anonymous grand juror #1.”

A mural of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky.
A mural of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky.

A mural of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky. (Darron Cummings/)

Both of their statements contradict assertions from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who said the grand jury “agreed” the officers were justified in their actions and scared for lives after Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, discharged his firearm.

Walker later told authorities he fired off the shot thinking an intruder was breaking in when the plain clothes officers busted down the door to the apartment on March 13. Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was struck a total of six times when authorities returned fire but no one was charged directly wither her death.

“The grand jury didn’t agree certain actions were justified, nor did it decide the indictment should be the only charges in the Breonna Taylor case,” the first juror said.

“The grand jury was not given the opportunity to deliberate on those charges and deliberated only on what was presented to them. I can’t speak for the other jurors, but I can help the truth be told.”

The jurors statements prompted Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear late Thursday to call on Cameron to release “all information” related to the proceedings, CNN reported.

“The current situation raises serious concerns, as multiple grand jurors are now claiming Attorney General Cameron has not been truthful to the public about what occurred in the grand jury process,” he said in a statement.

“I trust Kentuckians with the truth, and the next step show be to release all information, evidence, grand jury conversations, recorded or not. Everything.”