Kentucky‘s Commonwealth Attorney Tom Wine announced that his office was dismissing the indictment made by a grand jury to charge Kenneth Walker with the attempted homicide of a police officer. Walker shot at what he believed to be intruders, according to Walker’s lawyer, Rob Eggert.
However, Walker actually shot Officer Jonathan Mattingly who was with two other police officers — Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove — to serve a no-knock warrant between midnight and 1 a.m. At the press conference, Wine said the bullet pierced Mattingly’s femoral artery. Shortly after the incident, Walker was charged with the attempted murder of a police officer.
Walker was released and put under house arrest, but still faced the charges. However, new evidence regarding the no-knock warrant which was used as well as some of the officers’ history of conduct led to calls for a more thorough investigation. On Friday, Wine announced that the commonwealth planned on changing course.
“I am directing that our office file a motion and present it to Judge Olu Stevens, the presiding judge in this case, that this case, the pending indictment, be dismissed. I believe that the independent investigation by the Attorney General’s Office of Kentucky, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office must be completed before we go forward with any prosecution of Kenneth Walker.” he said during a press conference held May 22. “I believe that that additional investigation is necessary.”
Wine also said he may bring another case to the grand jury, where Walked could also testify.
Wine Said Police Knocked Before Entering the Home
According to USA Today, police requested a no-knock warrant for Taylor’s home, which means police are not legally required to identify immediately themselves when they enter the property.
However, Lt. Ted Eidem of LMPD’s Public Integrity Unit said that police made themselves known when they arrived at Taylor’s home: “Officers knocked on their door several times and announced themselves as police who were there with a search warrant,” he said.
At the press conference, Wine echoed those words. Wine also played an audiotape of Walker in which Walker said he could hear knocking but not who was speaking …read more