Newly released police interviews provide more information about what happened on the night Breonna Taylor died.
Kentucky Commonwealth attorney Tom Wine said on Friday (May 22) his office is filing a case against Kenneth Walker, Taylor's friend, who was charged in March with attempted murder of a police officer after allegedly using his gun on Sgt had fired. John Mattingly, being fired for the time being.
Wine believes the FBI, attorney general, and the United States attorney must conduct additional investigations.
Wine also played audio recordings of interviews that Louisville Metro Police Department investigators had had with Walker and Mattingly on the night of the March 13 incident.
In the first shot, Walker says that he and Taylor were in bed that night when they heard someone knock on the door.
"It's like doom, doom, doom, doom doom!" Walker said in the recording, according to WLKY. He says Taylor started screaming and asking who was at the door, but there was no answer.
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One of the key elements in this case was conflicting information about whether officials knocked on Taylor's door and duly reported to law enforcement before entering her home. LMPD previously claimed to have knocked and identified while lawyers for Taylor's family refer neighbors who say this is not true.
Walker explains in the audio recordings that both he and Taylor got out of bed, got dressed, and were just entering the hallway when he said someone had jumped through the front door. He then said he fired a shot and then heard Taylor scream as more shots were fired.
According to Wine, the recordings show that Walker confirmed that officials knocked on the door, although he didn't know they were police officers at the time.
Another question that remains unanswered about the case is why Taylor was even considered a suspect. The police received a search warrant for Walker's alleged links to the drug trade, but no drugs were found in his home after a thorough search. After the shootout, the police asked Walker who shot them. He said it was Taylor, but an investigation by the Public Integrity Unit revealed that Walker was the real shooter. Walker then explained why he said it was his girlfriend.
"I didn't want to, I was just scared and I didn't want them to think I was like something when I came out, I had no reason to say that," he said. "My weapon is legal and everything. Obviously I was afraid. I don't know. Nobody has announced himself."
Sgt. John Mattingly's audio recording tells a different story. He said his colleagues knocked on Taylor's door several times, but no one answered. According to him, when it was clear that no one would answer, they opened the door. He says he went into the apartment, lowered the hall, shot guns, and returned fire.