By DYLAN LOVAN Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A jury has been selected in the trial of a former Kentucky police officer involved in the deadly narcotics raid that left Breonna Taylor dead.
The trial of former Louisville officer Brett Hankison will begin Wednesday morning when attorneys make opening statements. Hankison is charged with wanton endangerment for shooting at the apartment of one of Taylor’s neighbors the night of the March 2020 raid. He was fired a few months later. Hankison, whose shots did not hit Taylor, is the only officer charged in the failed raid that ended in Taylor’s death.
Lawyers spent Tuesday selecting the final 15 jurors from a pool of 48. Three of the 15 will be alternate jurors.
On Tuesday morning, half of the remaining 48 prospective jurors were questioned as a group by lawyers in the courtroom. The second half saw a similar Q&A session in the afternoon. Eight of the potential jurors in the afternoon group – seven men and one woman – were selected for jury service. The other seven remaining jurors selected were from the morning session, so they will receive a phone call letting them know they have been selected.
Court officials first assembled an expanded pool of 250 potential jurors, to accommodate the wide publicity of Taylor’s death, which sparked months of marches and protests in downtown Louisville at the summer 2020. From this large pool, the 48 others were selected after four days of individual interrogations at the beginning of the month.
Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman who worked as an emergency medical technician, was shot multiple times in a botched narcotics raid on March 13, 2020. Louisville officers kicked in her door at using a narcotics warrant and shot Taylor’s boyfriend, who thought an intruder was breaking in. Two officers at the gate returned fire, killing Taylor.
One of the officers who shot Taylor, former Louisville police detective Jonathan Mattingly, invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege and will not testify at trial due to an ongoing federal investigation. Jurors will instead hear parts of a video deposition Mattingly gave in an ongoing civil lawsuit.
The trial is expected to last about two weeks.