Ferguson Grand Jury Has Until January to Decide Whether to Charge Officer

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On Sept. 11, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo., more than a month after the shooting of teenager Michael Brown, a memorial remains in the middle of the road where he died after being shot by Officer Darren Wilson.
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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. 

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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.  

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Read more at CNN and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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