The new February 2022 date was chosen citing COVID-19 restrictions.
Citing the COVID-19 pandemic, the trial for former Louisville PD officer Brett Hankison was postponed by Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Ann Bailey Smith, explaining the new date was “most realistic” considering the backlog of delayed trials.
Hankison’s attorney requested the high-profile case be moved to a different county citing the publicity surrounding it, which Judge Smith denied. “I do think that the prudent thing to do, is to try to get a jury seated here in Jefferson County and if we discover that we cannot, then we will move the case to another county,” said Judge Smith.
Det. Brett Hankinson, the only officer charged for the murder of Breonna Taylor, is set to start trial Feb 1, 2022. Let’s pray justice is served. pic.twitter.com/ioBkx2pEmp
— TSR3 Justice Center (@TSR3Justice) April 24, 2021
Hankison was formally indicted last year on three felony counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree for the shooting after he fired off bullets that entered an adjacent apartment where a pregnant woman, a man, and a child were home. The two other officers involved were not indicted, meaning an officer has yet to be formally charged with killing Taylor.
We’ll keep you updated as the case develops.