Citing too much publicity around Taylor’s case in Louisville, Hankison’s attorney, Stew Mathews, asked that the trial is moved to a different location.
“I think that there’s subliminal pressure, if not direct pressure, on all of those people and fear of what could happen should they sit on this jury and should they render a verdict that is not the verdict that a large segment of the population wants,” Mathews said in court Friday.
The judge declined that request.
“I do think that the prudent thing to do, is to try to get a jury seated here in Jefferson County and if we discover that we cannot, then we will move the case to another county,” Judge Smith said.
The three felony counts are for endangering the people in that neighboring apartment, the state attorney general’s office said.
The other two officers who also fired shots during the botched raid were not indicted, meaning no officer was charged with killing Taylor.