A plea deal signed by former Louisville Metro Police Department Detective Kelly Goodlett has revealed that she allegedly lied on a search warrant, enabling police to execute the fatal raid of Breonna Taylor’s home, and tried to justify it.
According to CBS, court documents show that Goodlet and her former partner, Detective Joshua Jaynes, allegedly believed that Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover, was delivering packages filled with drugs or drug money to her apartment. Goodlet and Jaynes, who were investigating Glover then, reportedly went with their “gut feeling” to support their alleged hunch despite realizing there wasn’t proof. Based on their assumptions, they allegedly falsified evidence to obtain a search warrant for Taylor’s home, which led to a raid that resulted in her untimely death.
“The detectives, knowing that they needed actual evidence, rather than just a gut feeling, to get a warrant, attempted to find evidence supporting this gut belief,” the plea deal reportedly indicates.
Previously reported by News Onyx, Taylor was shot by Louisville police in March 2020, when a team of plainclothes officers invaded her home on a “no knock” warrant. Her boyfriend at the time, Kenneth Walker, mistook the officers for intruders and initiated the shooting. Sadly, the 26-year-old woman was tragically struck by gunfire six times and passed away moments later.
After Taylor was killed, Goodlett reportedly said she and Jaynes were asked to submit an investigative letter. She also claimed that Jaynes allegedly added a fake authentication from a U.S. post inspector to prove that Glover was having packages delivered to Taylor’s apartment.
Eventually, Goodlett allegedly said she co-signed the letter hoping it would clear her and her partner of “suspicion of wrongdoing.”
Due to her alleged confession, the LMPD Detective has reportedly become the subject of a civil suit. She could additionally face up to five years in prison, three years of supervised probation, and a $250,000 fine.