- The trial of Brett Hankison, the officer indicted within the Breonna Taylor raid, has been postponed till 2022.
- Hankinson is accused of unwittingly firing a gun in a neighbor’s house, not killing her.
- A decide moved the trial by 5 months, citing the COVID-19 restrictions.
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The trial of Brett Hankison, the previous Louisville cop accused within the botched raid on Breonna Taylor’s house, has been delayed by 5 months, pushing it into 2022, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Ex-Det. Brett Hankison – the only former officer who has been indicted in Taylor’s case – pleaded not responsible three charges of free endangerment for capturing on the neighbor’s house, not for killing her.
Hankison was initially scheduled to face trial on Aug.31, however Decide Ann Bailey Smith postponed the trial to Feb.1, 2022 on Friday, the Courier-Journal reported. She cited the Kentucky Supreme Court Directive, which supplies precedence to the trials of defendants held in jail through the pandemic.
Trials are delayed in Louisville and the USA as courts grapple with balancing social distancing warrants with defendants’ rights to a speedy trial.
Smith mentioned on Friday that there was just one room within the Jefferson County courthouse that would accommodate giant numbers of individuals and that two homicide trials had been already scheduled for the week of August 31.
By pushing the case till February, Smith is hoping that COVID-19 restrictions, reminiscent of masks necessities, might lower, the native newspaper reported.
“You not solely wish to hear what individuals must say, however you wish to see their expressions on their faces,” Smith mentioned, in keeping with the Courier Journal. “It is going to be very troublesome after they’re masked.”
Taylor was shot eight occasions in her house in a botched drug raid on March 13 after police entered her house with an arrest warrant. Hankison’s prices say he “shot a gun” at Taylor’s neighbor’s house.
Not one of the three officers concerned, together with Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove have been charged along with his dying. Hankison was fired from the Louisville Metro Police Division on the finish of June.
Hankison’s protection requested that the trial be moved out of the county, however Smith refused. In accordance with the Courier-Journal, she mentioned she solely proposed the case if she discovered she was unable to sit down on a good jury.
His subsequent listening to is scheduled for July 16, in keeping with courtroom data seen by Insider.