Breonna Taylor Case Timeline: What's Happened Up Until Now

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is expected to release the audio recordings of grand jury proceedings in the investigation into Breonna Taylor's death on Friday in what will serve as the latest development in a months-long case.

Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was fatally shot after Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers said they tried to serve a warrant to her Louisville apartment on March 13. The circumstances surrounding her death have been under investigation for months and remain the subject of an ongoing Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) case.

A grand jury announced last week that it decided to indict one officer involved in the incident with three felony counts of wanton endangerment. The other officers were not charged. Protesters in Louisville and across the country took to the streets as news of the grand jury's decision spread, and Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer, said during a press conference following the indictment that she "never" had faith in Cameron.

On Monday, an unidentified grand juror requested that the full audio recordings of the grand jury's proceedings be publicly released and said justice "demands" the court to do so. Cameron initially asked for a weeklong delay, but Judge Ann Bailey Smith said on Wednesday that Cameron had until noon local time on Friday to release the recordings.

Breonna Taylor memorial
A memorial to Breonna Taylor, placed in Jefferson Square Park, is photographed in downtown Louisville, Kentucky on September 23, 2020. After a grand jury announced its decision in the investigation into Taylor's death last week, a judge ruled that the audio recordings of the grand jury's proceedings would be released on Friday. JEFF DEAN/AFP via Getty Images

On Tuesday, attorneys for Taylor's family Ben Crump, Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker released a statement saying they supported the release of the recordings.

"Since the grand jury decision was announced, we've been saying that Daniel Cameron clearly failed to present a comprehensive case that supported justice for Breonna. That conclusion is supported by the grand juror who came forward to say that the attorney general misrepresented the grand jury's deliberations," the statement read."

"We fully support the call to release the entire proceeding transcript as the only way to know what evidence was presented and how the grand jury instructions led to this outcome. In America, law-abiding citizens—including Black citizens—have the right to live peacefully in their homes, without police breaking down their doors in the middle of the night, and they have a right to protect themselves and their property from intruders. The police cannot claim their use of force was justified when they wrongly broke into Breonna's apartment in the first place. We urge the Attorney General to release a COMPLETE and UNEDITED copy of the recording, along with any and all evidence in Bre's case."

Below is a timeline of what has happened in the Taylor case so far.

March 13

Taylor was home with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, when LMPD officers arrived to serve a warrant to Taylor's apartment. Though the officers later said they announced themselves and knocked on Taylor's apartment door, Walker told police he did not know who was knocking. When the officers breached the door, Walker said he believed them to be intruders and fired a weapon, striking one. Taylor was struck by six bullets when officers returned fire, one of which was fatal, according to Cameron's office.

The LMPD's Public Integrity Unit launched an investigation into the shooting later that day, according to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

Walker was initially charged with attempted murder of a police officer, but those charges were dropped in May, according to The Louisville Courier-Journal.

May 14

Fischer and former LMPD Chief Steven Conrad called upon the FBI and the U.S. Attorney to review the results of the department's investigation.

May 21

Special Agent in Charge Robert Brown announced that FBI Louisville had launched an investigation into Taylor's death. In late September, FBI Louisville told Newsweek that its case was continuing into "all aspects" of Taylor's death "beyond the state charges" that the grand jury announced last week.

May 28

As the investigations continued, Fischer released the 911 calls from the night of Taylor's death. His office had received a subpoena from the attorneys for Taylor's family about the calls, Fischer said at the time. "I believe the release of these calls now is a necessary step to preserve public safety and to build trust in our city and our police department," the mayor said in a news release. He announced an external review of the LMPD the following week.

June 11

The Louisville Metro Council unanimously passed "Breonna's Law," which banned the use of no-knock warrants and required officers to wear body cameras while serving future search warrants.

June 19

LMPD Interim Chief Robert Schroeder announced that termination proceedings had begun against Officer Brett Hankison, one of the officers involved in the Breonna Taylor case. Schroeder said in a letter addressed to Hankison that the action was being taken because Hankison showed "an extreme indifference to the value of human life." Hankison's termination was finalized on June 23.

September 15

Fischer announced a $12 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit that the attorneys for Taylor's family filed during the spring. The settlement also included an agreement from Fischer to commit to search warrant and police accountability reforms.

September 23

Cameron said he continued conducting interviews for the investigation into Taylor's death through September 18 and presented the grand jury with his findings on September 21. On September 23, the grand jury announced it was indicting Hankison on three felony counts of wanton endangerment for firing shots that traveled through the walls of Taylor's apartment and into those of her neighbors. The other two LMPD officers who were present on the night of Taylor's death, Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove, were not charged.

Following the grand jury's announcement, Cameron addressed the public during a press conference and said his investigation found that the officers' use of force in the incident was justified because it was determined that Walker fired the first shot. He said there was "no conclusive evidence" that any of the shots Hankison fired hit Taylor and added that ballistics analyses by the FBI and the Kentucky State Police returned different results about who fired the fatal shot.

The FBI investigation into Taylor's death remains ongoing.