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Ferguson Prosecutor Says No Charge Decision Until October

A demonstrator holding a red rose kneels in front of armed police officers during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 19, 2014. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg
A demonstrator holding a red rose kneels in front of armed police officers during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 19, 2014. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) -- The Missouri grand jury that began considering evidence today in the police killing of an unarmed man won’t decide whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson until October “at the earliest,” a spokesman for the local prosecutor said.

The grand jury, which is presented testimony and other evidence by prosecutors, must decide whether to indict Wilson for the shooting in the St. Louis suburb, and on what charge.

A grand jury, which in this case is a panel of 12 jurors, traditionally hears evidence in many cases during the course of its term. Unlike a trial, or petit jury, a grand jury hands up an indictment rather than a verdict.

The Clayton, Missouri grand jury was empaneled in May, said Edward Magee, spokesman for prosecutor Bob McCulloch. He said that the process of presenting evidence will last until October.

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To contact the reporter on this story: Tim Bross in Clayton, Missouri at btbross@gmail.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: David E. Rovella at drovella@bloomberg.net

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