October 20, 2021

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Bryona Taylor case: Grand jury ‘can assess different charges’ Kentucky AG

Bryona Taylor case: Grand jury 'can assess different charges' Kentucky AG

“They are an independent organization,” Cameron said in an interview. “If they wanted to assess the different allegations, they could have done so. But our recommendation is that Mattingly and Cosgrove be justified in their actions and in their conduct.”

Officers Miles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingley were among the three officers convicted of Taylor’s death. Taylor, an EMT, was killed in her own home after plaintiffs executed a “no-knock” warrant.

No charges have been filed against Cosgrove and Mattingley in this case. A third officer, Brett Hankinson, was charged on three counts of aggravated assault with a first degree.

“Ultimately, our verdict is that the allegations that we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt at trial are a risk against Mr. Hankison,” Cameron said.

CNN senior legal analyst Laura Coates said it is very rare for a prosecutor to go to a great judge beyond the laws they have submitted.

“Usually the grand jury votes on the legislation submitted to the grand jury. Prosecutors do not fight through the criminal code to see if they can pursue criminal charges,” Coates said. “They are more reactive to the facts presented to them than they are seeking criminal injunctions to charge the defendant.”

The bullet that hit the sergeant. Mattingly

At his news conference last week, Kenneth Walker fired a shot that hit the sergeant. Jonathan Mattingly but Walker’s lawyer disputed that fact.

“The notion that there was somehow a friendly fire or crossfire hit the sergeant. Mattingly was a crazy idea,” Cameron told the WDRB on Tuesday.

“Believing that idea meant that the bullets fired from outside the apartment somehow took a sharp turn to hit Mattingly to match the entrance wound,” he said.

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Walker’s attorney Steve Romins told CNN’s Chris Cuomo last week that Walker did not shoot Mattingly in the thigh and that a ballistics report from Kentucky State Police did not support the prosecution’s argument.

Cameroon law, the facts are supposed to establish the allegations

Cameron said the law does not “give the Attorney General’s Office a license to make allegations that are not based on law and facts.”

“Our responsibility in the AG office is to the truth and the facts. In many ways I can not design the facts in such a way as to meet the facts that were put there before the facts were put there.”

CNN’s Mirna Al-Sharif contributed to the report.