LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The trial date for former Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) Detective Brett Hankison has been set for Aug. 21, 2021. Hankison is the only officer involved in the death of Breonna Taylor to face charges.
What You Need To Know
- Brett Hankison trial to begin Aug. 21, 2021
- Hankison is the only officer involved in the death of Breonna Taylor to face charges
- Hankison is charged with three counts of Wanton Endangerment
- Hankison's attorney said he intends to file a motion for Change of Venue
Hankison is charged with three counts of wanton endangerment, none of which are directly tied to Taylor's death. Rather, they stem from bullets that entered a neighboring apartment.
Barbara Whaley of the Attorney General's Office, which is serving as prosecutor on the case, expects about three to four days of prosecution testimony, which does not include jury selection or opening statements by the prosecutor and defense attorney.
Hankison's attorney, Stew Mathews, said he intends to file a motion for change of venue within the next two weeks, meaning the trial would be moved out of Jefferson County. He did not name another county in which to hold the trial.
Judge Ann Bailey Smith will hold an in-person hearing on that motion on March 25, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. Smith said all social distancing and limited courtroom capacity would be followed.
Hankison was fired from LMPD in June for violating two Standard Operating Procedures, one of which includes 10 counts of Use of Deadly force during the incident that left Taylor dead.