An attorney for the former Louisville Metro Police detective awaiting trial for his role in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, is seeking to close part of the court proceedings.
Stew Mathews filed a motion trying to bar journalists and the public from watching individual voir dire, which is the questioning of potential jurors.
Mathews is representing Brett Hankison, who is facing three counts of wanton endangerment in the March 13, 2020 shooting.
Taylor was a 26-year-old African-American woman, fatally shot when Hankison and two other white police officers forced entry into her Louisville, Kentucky home.
The Attorney General’s Office, which is the special prosecutor in the case, filed a motion opposing the closing of individual jury questioning.
As well, The Courier Journal, joined by the Associated Press and WDRB Media, have said they will oppose any efforts to close court proceedings, attorney Michael Abate said.
The trial will begin February 1.