Authorities tried to add Breonna Taylor as a "co-defendant" in a plea bargain with her ex-boyfriend

From KALB in Louisiana:

Louisville lawyer Sam Aguiar, one of the attorneys representing Breonna Taylor's family, said local law enforcement had tried to offer Taylor's ex-boyfriend a plea deal in exchange for him naming Taylor as a co-defendant in a drug case.

A convicted drug trafficker, Jamarcus Glover was arrested on new drug charges just last week. Also last week, WAVE 3 News reported the revelation of new documents that painted a picture of a close relationship between Glover and Taylor. The documents included transcriptions of recorded jailhouse conversations between Glover and Taylor, as well as conversations between Glover and another woman, whom he told Taylor was holding money for him.

Tom Wine, an attorney for the state of Louisiana, has said that this leaked document was only a draft, and that it has been rejected:

Breonna Taylor was never a Co-Defendant in the Jamarcus Glover case. A case including Breonna Taylor as a Co-Defendant was never presented to the Grand Jury nor did our office ever consider presenting one to the Grand Jury with her name. Our office has not and does not posthumously indict any person who is deceased.


We were aware of the information in the warrants as well as the jail phone calls where Mr. Glover implicated Ms. Taylor in his criminal activity. When I was advised of the discussions, out of respect for Ms. Taylor, I directed that Ms. Breonna Taylor's name be removed.

This follows up on news from earlier this summer, that lawyers for Breonna Taylor's family filed a series of court documents alleging that Taylor's brutal, unnecessary death at the hands of police officers who showed up at the wrong house to deliver a "no-knock warrant" and killed her in her sleep, was actually the result of a labyrinthine real estate conspiracy:

The court filings allege that Breonna Taylor's murder was an accidental result of other shady behaviors around the proposed Vision Russell Development Plan meant to revitalize the neighborhood (read: gentrification). The project had previously stagnated, but was finally starting to make some progress earlier this year when eight homes were demolished on Elliott Avenue over the course of a few weeks. One of homes on that street that was purchased by the city, but not destroyed, had been occupied by a man named Jamarcus Glover, an ex-boyfriend of Breonna Taylor's who also had a few small drug offenses on his record. According to available documents, the police showed up at Taylor's house that night under the impression that Glover was living there; they claimed to have confirmed through USPS that Glover was receiving packages at Taylor's house, but a U.S. Postal Inspector has denied that this ever

The conspiracy laid out in the court filings essentially claims that city and real estate developers wanted to get people out of the properties on Elliott Avenue, and used the police to do their work for them, by concocting a fictionalized version of Glover that positioned him as some kind of major kingpin of drugs and crime.

The Louisville Courier-Metro has tons of more information on the relationship between Glover and Taylor, and the police surveillance against him that wrongly lead them to her home.

Attorney says Jamarcus Glover was offered plea deal to name Breonna Taylor as co-defendant [KALB Louisiana]

Drug suspect offered July plea deal if he would admit Breonna Taylor part of 'organized crime syndicate' [Jason Riley / WDRB]

Breonna Taylor was never co-defendant in Jamarcus Glover case, Commonwealth's Attorney says [Taylor Weiter, Tyler Emery / ABC WHAS11]

Report details why Louisville police decided to forcibly search Breonna Taylor's home [Andrew Wolfson / Louisiana Courier-Journal]

New court documents connect Breonna Taylor's murder to an alleged massive real estate conspiracy [Thom Dunn / BoingBoing]

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