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Grand Jury in Ferguson Reaches a Decision

November 24, 2014  |  Posted by: JammedUp
Grand Jury in Ferguson Reaches a Decision

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The grand jury in Ferguson has reached a decision on whether or not to indict Officer Darren Wilson. Sources say that the announcement will come later today by the prosecuting attorney, Robert McCulloch.

The grand jury investigating the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown, in Ferguson Missouri will reconvene Monday as they continue to weigh evidence in its investigation of the Michael Brown shooting.

Prosecutors have yet to disclose what their plans are, but local officials told CNN that if the grand jury decides whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson on Monday, an official announcement of that decision could come soon afterward — rather than 48 hours later as previously planned.

Officials are cautioning that nothing is set and logistics are still be planned.

The much anticipated decision has set the city of Ferguson and the nation on edge, with business owners boarding up windows and activists mobilizing to protest.

Will the white police officer, Darrin Wilson be charged in the shooting death of black teen Michael Brown?

The grand jury have to weigh the facts, Brown was unarmed at the time Wilson shot him, that is not in question. What is questioned is the moments leading up to the fatal shooting.

Brown’s family supporters believe that Brown had his hands up in surrender. Those who support Wilson believe Brown tried to rush Wilson and take his gun and that the shooting was an act of self defense.

The grand jury is to decide if Wilson should in fact be charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter, said Ed Magee, spokesman for the prosecuting attorney’s office.

An indictment could be issued for any one of those four charges, and plus the grand jury could add the charge of armed criminal action, authorities said.

The grand jury will also receive the Missouri statutes for self-defense and the police use of deadly force, which means it could choose not to indict Wilson.

Prosecutors’ office in St. Louis County have been saying for some time that  there likely would be a decision by mid-November, however the deadline to decide is January 7.

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