LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Former LMPD Detective Brett Hankison appeared in court Friday morning for a hearing where he learned his trial wouldn't be held until 2022.

What You Need To Know

  • The trial of Brett Hankison, who is charged with wanton endangerment in connection to the raid that killed Breonna Taylor, has been delayed

  • Judge Ann Bailey Smith set the new date for Hankison’s trial for Feb. 1, 2022

  • As of now, the February trial remains in Jefferson County, despite attempts by Hankison’s legal time to get it moved

  • Hankison’s next pretrial date is July 16 at 11 a.m.

In the same week Derek Chauvin’s verdict was issued, Brett Hankison appeared in Jefferson County Court for a pretrial hearing. During the hearing, Judge Ann Bailey Smith cited COVID-19 precautions would make an August start date too difficult.

She believes the trial will require a large jury pool and feels the courtroom could get crowded which would be an issue with coronavirus restrictions that could still be in place in August. Judge Smith set the new date for Hankison’s trial for Feb. 1, 2022.

Smith said the trial is expected to take five to seven days, not including jury selection, which she thinks will require more time.

The February 2022 trial is still slated to remain in Jefferson County, despite the defense attempting to have it move. Last month, Smith denied the motion for a change of venue.

Hankison’s next pretrial date is July 16th at 11 a.m.