Months after the tragic killing of Breonna Taylor by Louisville police, reports reveal that a drug suspect at the time was offered a plea deal in July if he admitted that Taylor was a part of a drug ring, according to information obtained by WDRB.
As part of the July 13 deal, Jamarcus Glover, a suspect in a series of Louisville police raids, including one that resulted in Taylor’s death, was asked to say that he, along with Taylor and several others, were a part of an “organized crime syndicate” dealing large amounts of drugs into the city.
Police shot and killed Taylor during what reports call an undercover raid on her apartment near Pleasure Ridge Park. Her death certificate revealed that she was shot five times.
Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, admitted to shooting at the officers as they entered her home but maintained that he believed the police were intruders.
The raid came after authorities obtained a search warrant for Taylor’s home, believing that her apartment was being used to store funds and receive drugs by Glover.
Glover reportedly turned down the plea deal from the Jefferson Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office, which could have warranted a 10-year prison sentence for charges of criminal syndication, drug trafficking, and gun charges, the report continues.
However, suppose Glover, a convicted felon with a history of drug trafficking, would have taken the offer. In that case, he also could have been released on probation rather than serve time behind bars, but the sentencing judge would have made that decision.
Glover insisted that the only thing tying him to Taylor was that she had bailed him out of jail before.
“I don’t understand how they going to serve a warrant for Bre house, bruh,” Glover said to one man. “How is it they serve [a] warrant for Bre house and nothing tied me to Bre house at all besides these bonds?”
Attorney Sam Aguiar, who represents Taylor’s family in a wrongful death lawsuit, said the plea deal showcases “the lengths to which those within the police department and Commonwealth’s Attorney went to after Breonna Taylor’s killing to try and paint a picture of her which was vastly different than the woman she truly was. The fact that they would try to even represent that she was a co-defendant in a criminal case more than a month after she died is disgusting.”
In a statement, Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine stated that the plea offer that included Taylor was a “draft” and “part of negotiations with Glover and his lawyer.” He said that his office received information that unveiled Glover implicating Taylor in his criminal activities.
“When I was advised of the discussions, out 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,” he said.
In recorded jail phone calls, Glover has repeatedly reiterated that Taylor, a former girlfriend, had no involvement with any drug trafficking and even questioned why officers would invade her apartment.
During one call, Glover was heard saying officers “didn’t have no business looking for me at no Bre house.
“At the end of the day, I know she didn’t… I know she didn’t deserve none of this sh**, though,” he said according to a call.
Federal investigators are now taking a look into the case to determine whether charges should be filed against the officers involved in the raid at Taylor’s home.