Breonna Taylor's Boyfriend Gets Good News

Judge dismisses the case against Kenneth Walker, permanently
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2021 12:10 AM CST
Charges Against Breonna Taylor's Boyfriend Permanently Dropped
This undated file photo provided by Taylor family attorney Sam Aguiar shows Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky.   (Courtesy of Taylor Family attorney Sam Aguiar via AP, File)

The case against Breonna Taylor's boyfriend has been dismissed by a judge—permanently. Charges cannot be refiled against Kenneth Walker, who was initially charged with shooting and wounding a Louisville police officer during the incident at Taylor's apartment last year that started with a no-knock warrant and ended with police shooting Taylor dead, CBS News reports. While the charges against Walker were dropped last May, that was "without prejudice," meaning he could be charged again. Prosecutors made the move to drop them "with prejudice" last week, and a judge on Monday granted the motion.

"After the worst year of [Walker's] life, prosecutors have finally acknowledged that he did nothing wrong and acted in self-defense," Walker's attorney said last week. "He looks forward to continuing the fight to hold the real wrongdoers accountable for the harm that they've caused. Both he, individually, and our community, as a whole, cannot begin the process of healing until that happens." Walker still faces a lawsuit from Jonathan Mattingly, the officer he is accused of shooting, the New York Post reports. Walker has maintained he believed the police were intruders when he shot, CNN reports. (More Breonna Taylor stories.)

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