The grand jury convened in the case of the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., has been given an extension until Jan. 7 to decide whether to bring charges against police Officer Darren Wilson, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The jury had been due to end its four-month term last week, but St. Louis County Judge Carolyn Whittington extended the deadline an additional 60 days beyond the six-month maximum. But as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch notes, although jurors have been given a longer deadline, it doesn’t mean they will need that much time to make their decision.
After hearing testimony, the grand jury will decide whether they believe Wilson committed a crime. The jury is made up of six white men, three white women, two black women and one black man, according to CNN.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch notes the tension surrounding the jury’s decision, since many fear that protests and violence may return if Wilson is not charged.