Grand jury may start soon in Missouri shooting

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, right, greets the Rev. Tommie Pierson, pastor of Greater St. Mark Family Church in Ferguson, Mo. on Sunday Aug. 17, 2014, after speaking to his congregation. "A member of your community died at the hands of a member of my community," Koster said. "Not just the caucasian community but the law enforcement community." On Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, a white police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christian Gooden)

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri grand jury could begin hearing evidence Wednesday in the shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer in suburban St. Louis.

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch is overseeing the case that will determine whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson faces criminal charges for the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

McCulloch spokesman Ed Magee said Monday that prosecutors would try to start presenting evidence Wednesday, the regular once-a-week meeting date for the grand jury.

Cases often are presented to grand jurors in a single day. But Magee says Brown’s case is complicated and will take longer, though he gave no specific timeline.

Brown’s death has sparked violent clashes between police and protesters who want the officer to be charged.


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