St. Louis County Grand Jury to Meet Friday on Mike Brown Case
Once the grand jury’s term was set to expire, they were then held over to hear Wilson’s case exclusively, with a new grand jury hearing any new cases. They began meeting as their schedules and witnesses’ schedules allowed.
The grand jury hearing evidence on the Michael Brown shooting is preparing to meet Friday for what might be its final session, and a decision on whether to charge Officer Darren Wilson could come the same day, law enforcement officials briefed on the plans said.
St. Louis County prosecutors are preparing to present more evidence to the grand jury before starting deliberations, and a decision on an indictment expected soon after, the law enforcement officials said.
If a decision comes Friday, prosecutors are expected to provide law enforcement with 48 hours notice before making a public announcement, possibly on Sunday.
The current plans could still change and prosecutors could shift the planned grand jury session, the officials said.
Prosecutor Robert McCulloch has said he plans to make public all evidence and testimony presented to the grand jury, but there is growing concern from some on how to deal with the identities of people who have testified, the sources say.
Concerns have also been raised that some witnesses could be put at risk once their testimony and identities become public, law enforcement officials said.
In some cases, witnesses might have testified differently under oath, providing different accounts than the ones they gave in media interviews, the official explained. Others may have provided testimony that may be interpreted as helpful to the officer’s account of the August 9 shooting.
A spokesman for McCulloch’s office said the prosecutor hasn’t decided whether to redact names of witnesses. The spokesman declined to comment on possible timing of the grand jury decision.