The single indictment handed down by the grand jury in the Breonna Taylor case has raised questions and an outcry. Here’s what we know about the charges.
And now we know exactly how she died.
Attorney General Daniel Cameron said Wednesday just one of the six shots that struck Taylor was fatal, but he did not explain which it was or why it would have been mortal.
The autopsy report shows a bullet struck near Taylor’s heart, tearing through her main pulmonary artery connecting her heart and lungs, and the lower lobe of her left lung.
FBI’s ballistics lab indicated Louisville Metro Police Detective Myles Cosgrove fired that fatal shot. A state ballistics test was inconclusive.
Other bullets struck her forearm, thigh, abdomen, foot and right heel.
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Jefferson County Coroner Barbara Weakley-Jones told The Courier Journal in July Taylor’s injuries could not be survived, something Cameron reiterated Wednesday.
“If she had even been outside of an emergency room department at a hospital, and she got shot and sustained the same injury, they would not have been able to save her,” Weakley-Jones said then. “… So there’s no way that even if they (police) ran to her and tried to give her aid, they can’t do anything because it’s all internal injuries that you can’t stop.”
As previously reported by The Courier Journal, the autopsy report shows that there was “no evidence of medical treatment” for Taylor. She was dead by the time EMS workers reached her.
However, police and EMS on scene would not have known the extent of Taylor’s injuries. And dispatch logs show Taylor lay untouched in her hallway after being shot for more than 20 minutes.
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Additionally, the toxicology report shows Taylor died without drugs or alcohol in her system — contradicting social media rumors accusing Taylor of being a drug dealer, despite the fact she had no criminal record of drug offenses.
The Courier Journal had previously requested the autopsy report in May. The Coroner’s Office denied the request, citing an ongoing investigation. The Attorney General’s Office upheld that denial.
But Wednesday, a grand jury indicted one of the three officers who fired their weapons at Taylor’s apartment March 13. Former detective Brett Hankison faces three counts of wanton endangerment for firing shots that penetrated a neighboring apartment.
Hankison was fired in June for recklessly firing into Taylor’s apartment with no clear line of sight and hitting a couple of adjoining apartments.
Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Cosgrove were not charged at all. They remain on administrative reassignment pending an internal investigation for possible department policy violations.
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