Breonna Taylor’s ex was offered a plea deal to say she was part of a ‘crime syndicate’

Mildred Europa Taylor Sep 2, 2020 at 07:30am

September 02, 2020 at 07:30 am | News

Mildred Europa Taylor

Mildred Europa Taylor | Head of Content

September 02, 2020 at 07:30 am | News

Breonna Taylor, 26, was shot and killed by Louisville, Kentucky, police officers. Photo: Breonna Taylor Family

Breonna Taylor’s ex-boyfriend Jamarcus Glover, who is facing multiple drug-related charges, was offered a plea deal that said she was part of a crime syndicate, the lead attorney representing Taylor’s family said. The attorney, Sam Aguiar, posted a picture of the plea deal in question on Facebook Monday.

“[Jefferson County] Commonwealth Attorney Tom Wine tried to give the Elliott Ave. defendants a plea deal on July 13 which would have identified Breonna Taylor as a ‘co-defendant’ for actions related to the arrests on April 22, 2020,” Aguiar said in the post.

“[W]hen was Breonna Taylor ever a co-defendant? And oh by the way, the cops killed her a month and a half before April 22 and four months to the day before the date of this effort to get a plea deal.”

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The plea deal in question. Source: Sam Aguiar

“This goes to show how desperate Tom Wine … is to justify the wrongful search of Breonna Taylor’s home, her killing and arrest of Kenneth Walker,” Aguiar added.

Commonwealth Attorney Wine on Monday released a statement in response to Aguiar’s Facebook post. The statement said Aguiar’s document “was a draft that was part of preindictment plea negotiations with Mr. Glover and his attorney.”

“Those drafts were never part of the court record and are not court documents,” Wine said. “[O]ut of respect for Ms. Taylor, I directed that Ms. Breonna Taylor’s name be removed. The final plea sheet provided to Mr. Glover’s counsel is attached and clearly does not include Ms. Taylor as a Co-Defendant.”

Breonna Taylor was never a Co-Defendant in the Jamarcus Glover case,” Wine said.

But Lonita Baker, who is part of the legal team representing the Taylor family, told The Hill that the said plea deal was indeed “tendered” to Glover and his attorney. The deal would have seen Glover serve 10 years in prison but he rejected it, and that is why it is not a “court document,” Baker said.

26-year-old Taylor was killed in March while sleeping by three Louisville police officers in the name of executing a no knock-search warrant in her apartment. The police believed that Taylor’s ex-boyfriend Glover was keeping drugs and money in her apartment, but there were no drugs or money in her apartment, the police found.

Glover last week said Taylor was never involved in his illicit drug activities.
“There was nothing never there or anything ever there, and at the end of the day, they went about it the wrong way and lied on that search warrant and shot that girl out there,” he told the Courier-Journal.

Taylor’s name has been trending since March as many support the cause to seek justice for the Black first responder. None of the officers involved in her death has been charged. One officer, Brett Hankison, has been fired.

Taylor was with her boyfriend Kenneth Walker when she was shot by the officers. Walker, who has said he thought the officers were intruders, fired at them when they entered Taylor’s apartment while they were both sleeping. The officers then returned fire, killing Taylor in the process.

Walker was subsequently charged with the attempted murder of a police officer but the charges were later dropped. Walker filed a lawsuit Tuesday over his arrest the night Taylor was killed, asking the court to declare him “immune” from prosecution while citing the state’s “stand your ground” law, according to CBS.

“The charges brought against me were meant to silence me and cover up Breonna’s murder,” Walker said at a news conference Tuesday. “For her and those that I love, I can no longer remain silent.”

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