Grand Jury Given Until 2015 To Charge Darren Wilson In Mike Brown’s Death
According to the CNN, a grand jury has been given until January 7, 2015 to charge Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Mike Brown. The extension, which adds an additional 60 days to the deliberation period, was granted to members of the jury by St. Louis Judge Carolyn Whittington, said the county’s director of judicial administration, Paul Fox.
The jury will use this time to deliberate testimonies and of course, to determine whether or not Wilson committed a crime when he shot Brown (as disturbing as that sounds). Up unto this point, eye witnesses and Ferguson Police have offered conflicting accounts of what happened in regard to the unarmed teen’s Aug. 9 shooting. While police say that Brown struggled with Wilson, witnesses say that the teen was compliant.
The jury of twelve meets in secrecy and is made of up nine Caucasian residents (six men and three women) and three Black residents (two women and one man). Fox went on to tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that just because the jury has been granted this generous extension for deliberation does not mean that they will actually take that long to reach a decision. It takes nine votes to issue an indictment, which will then send the defendant to public trial.