Council says no records for mother of Utah woman shot by West Valley City officers
Published: May 22, 2013 08:49AM
Updated: May 21, 2013 07:58PM
image
Courtesy photo Danielle Willard, 21, was shot and killed Nov. 2 by West Valley City police detectives during a drug investigation at an apartment complex. Police have identified the officers who shot Willard, but will not confirm that one of those officers is involved in 19 unrelated criminal cases that have been dismissed because of evidentiary problems.

The Salt Lake County district attorney’s office will not have to release records related to the Danielle Willard officer-involved fatal shooting, the Salt Lake County Council decided Tuesday.

The council voted 7-1 to deny a request by Melissa Kennedy’s attorney for records pertaining to the November shooting in West Valley City.

Jon Williams, who represents Kennedy, Willard’s mother, argued that the denial of the records was “inappropriate” and that his client has already waited 6 ½ months for answers.

“She wants some sort of answers,” Williams said. “And she deserves some answers.”

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said he sympathizes with Willard’s family but that the investigation into the 21-year-old’s death is ongoing and releasing the requested information could potentially compromise the investigation.

Willard was killed by West Valley City Detectives Shaun Cowley and Kevin Salmon during an alleged drug bust.

Gill has said it’s likely that the decision into whether the two officers were justified in using deadly force could take at least two more months.

jstecklein@sltrib.com

Twitter: @sltribjanelle