Breonna Taylor rented a car in 2016 that was used by her then-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover. In December 2016, Fernandez Bowman was found dead in the car. He had been shot eight times.
Taylor, 26, was shot dead inside of her home by Louisville Metro Police Department Officer Myles Cosgrove on March 13, 2020, when he and officers Brett Hankison and Jonathan Mattingly opened fire while executing a search warrant. In September 2020, a grand jury failed to indict the three officers for their roles in Taylor’s death.
The 2016 incident involving Taylor’s rental car has been widely reported, and there are no reports that suggest Taylor was involved or was suspected of involvement in Bowman’s death.
Glover was the main focus of the police warrant that led to Taylor’s death. The man Taylor was with on the night she died was her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker. Walker was not named in the criminal investigation into Glover, according to a Washington Post column that fact-checked the events surrounding Taylor’s death.
Taylor Denied Knowing the Victim; Drugs Were Also Found in the Car
An August 2020 feature on Taylor’s life in The New York Times explained that Taylor began dating Glover in 2016. In December of that year, Glover asked her to rent a car for him to use. That month, a man named Fernandez Bowman, aka Rambo, was found dead inside the car. He had been shot eight times. Glover told investigators that he gave Bowman the keys because Bowman needed to “run an errand.” Also found in the car were “three baggies of drugs,” according to The Times.
“Investigators noted that they believed Ms. Taylor had no knowledge of the killing,” The Times reported. Investigators asked Taylor if she was involved in drug deals, according to The Times, an allegation she denied. Taylor also denied knowing Bowman, reported WKYT in August 2020.
Quenton Hall Was Arrested in Relation to the Shooting of Bowman
In February 2017, Quenton Hall was arrested by the Louisville Metro Police Department and accused in the shooting death of Bowman. Hall has a lengthy criminal record that includes drug and weapons charges. WLKY reported in February 2017 that police said Hall was “wanted for a fresh homicide” when police tried to pull him over for not signaling his turn. He hit a police car and drove away, WLKY reported, but was quickly arrested. “Police found marijuana and pills and inside the vehicle a large amount of meth and heroin and a loaded 9mm gun,” WLKY reported. While in prison in relation to the Bowman killing, Hall was indicted in the 2004 murder of Troy Todd, according to WLKY.
Bowman Was the Brother of Damarius Bowman, an Associate of Jamarcus Glover
The Louisville Courier Journal reported that after Bowman was shot, the car hit a telephone pole before rolling to a stop.
WKYT reported in August 2020 that Fernandez Bowman was the brother of Damarius Bowman, a known associate of Jamarcus Glover; the two had been arrested together in the past. Bowman’s sister told WLKY in 2017 that she “cried tears of joy” after hearing about Hall’s arrest. She added that her brother was survived by six children including a daughter who suffers from cerebral palsy. Kamaya Bowman also said of Hall, “I hope he never sees the light of day, I hope he rots in jail. I don’t want to sound harsh but he took our loved one, someone we loved.”