CLAYTON, Mo. — A St. Louis County grand jury has finally reached a decision on whether to charge Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown Jr., several media outlets reported Monday.
The panel’s ruling is expected to be revealed during a press conference at the courthouse in Clayton later today.
Anxiety over the decision has kept the St. Louis region on edge, as the public waits to see whether the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer will result in an indictment.
The grand jury convened Aug. 20 to hear evidence and testimony. The 12-member group was asked to decide if there was probable cause to charge Wilson with a crime and what that charge should be. Options range from second-degree involuntary manslaughter to second-degree murder. Wilson, 28, could face life in prison if convicted of the most serious charge.
But the panel may find that probable cause does not exist and dismiss the state’s case, without charging Wilson.
Many, including Wilson, have recently expressed that the grand jury will not hand down an indictment. On Thursday, Jeff Roorda, representative with the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association, described Wilson as being under a lot of pressure and stress but confident in the outcome of the grand jury investigation.
“It’s fair to say that neither he nor his defense team expect an indictment,” Roorda told the AP, offering his impression of the situation based his meeting with Wilson.
Written by Jason Sickles, Yahoo
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