Kelly Hannah Goodlett, the disgraced former Louisville Metro Police Detective who was involved in falsifying the affidavit that allowed law enforcement to barge into Breonna Taylor’s apartment and conduct an unlawful search in March 2020, will plead guilty to the one charge of civil rights offense in court on Aug. 22 in front of U.S. District Judge David Hale, the Courier-Journal reported.
Goodlett had to hand over her passport and abstain from contacting former fellow officers ― Joshua Jaynes, Brett Hankison, and Sgt. Kyle Meany. In addition to pleading guilty, Goodlett was also expected to testify against her codefendants. She will be facing no more than a five-year prison sentence.
As reported by News Onyx, Jaynes and Goodlet both falsified the information in the search warrant affidavit, claiming that a postal inspector verified that Taylor’s apartment was receiving packages for her ex-boyfriend Jamarcus Glover. It’s alleged that the two met up in Jaynes’ garage and got their stories together after that same postal inspector denied Jaynes and Goodlett’s false claims.
Along with Goodlett, Jaynes and Meany are facing civil rights charges, while Hankison faced two counts of civil rights charges for his unnecessary use of excessive force. Meany is facing charges because he knew the information on the affidavit was bogus yet lied to the FBI during their investigation. Hankison was charged with violating Taylor’s civil rights after firing 10 shots into her apartment in addition to the other officers’ 22 shots.
Officials state that the other law enforcement who executed the unlawful search was unaware of the false affidavit. Upon entering Taylor’s apartment, her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired one shot at the officers while under the assumption that intruders were trying to break in. Walker shot Sgt. Johnathan Mattingly confirmed to investigators that Jaynes and Goodlett were lying. Mattingly also tried to take Walker to court for shooting him, but officials ruled that Walker was in legal possession of the firearm.