Breonna Taylor: Judge rules to unseal evidence in Brett Hankison’s criminal case

Breonna Taylor: Judge rules to unseal evidence in Brett Hankison’s criminal case
A judge has ruled not to seal evidence in the criminal case against a former LMPD detective involved in the deadly Breonna Taylor raid. (Source: Shelby County Jail)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A judge has ruled not to seal evidence in the criminal case against a former LMPD detective involved in the deadly Breonna Taylor raid.

Brett Hankison was one of three LMPD officers who fired their weapons during the March raid at Taylor’s apartment, but was the only one charged. He faces three counts of wanton endangerment for firing into neighboring apartments. Nobody was charged directly in Taylor’s death.

In her ruling, Circuit Judge Ann Bailey Smith said case evidence does not need to be obscured from anyone outside Hankison’s defense team or Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office.

“This Court ... finds that no sufficient justification was advanced by either the prosecutor or the Defendant to seal the discovery,” Bailey Smith said in her four-page ruling.

She also said much of the evidence already has been made public. On Sept. 23, Cameron announced his office’s findings in the Taylor case, including hours of audio recordings of grand jury testimony. The following week, LMPD did the same with its Public Integrity Unit investigation.

Bailey Smith gave both sides another 30 days to continue to review evidence and propose any redactions.

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