Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Delayed Until Monday

A passerby looks at the Michael Brown memorial along Canfield Drive. (Photo: Jack Gruber, USA TODAY)
A passerby looks at the Michael Brown memorial along Canfield Drive. (Photo: Jack Gruber, USA TODAY)

A grand jury decision on whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson with the shooting death of Michael Brown appears to be delayed until Monday at the earliest, according to a federal law enforcement official.

The St. Louis County grand jury is expected to reconvene Monday, according to the official who spoke to USA TODAY on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment publicly on the matter. The timing of a decision is still unclear, the official added. It had been expected as early as this weekend.

Kansas City, Mo., Police Chief Darryl Forté tweeted an update Saturday night about the grand jury. “Grand jury did not convene today,” the tweet from his account said. “Expected to convene next week. Will continue to update as info becomes available.”

On Friday, a spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch declined to say whether the panel was still meeting five hours after the prosecutor told reporters that jurors were reviewing evidence. No details are available on when the decision will be announced, the spokesman said.

Wilson reportedly told the grand jury that he feared for his life when he shot Brown on Aug. 9.

Police say Brown struggled with Wilson inside a police car and reached for Wilson’s weapon. Some witnesses and Brown’s family contend that Brown had raised his hands in surrender when Wilson killed him.

The aftermath of Brown’s death has led to unrest in the St. Louis suburb.

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Kevin Johnson

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