A grand jury that began convening in May of this year, prior to the Ferguson shooting, will begin hearing evidence about the Michael Brown case through mid-October.
The panel of the jury consists of 3 black individuals, 2 men and 1 woman, and 9 whites, 6 men and 3 women.
The St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCullouch stated
I certainly understand the concern, but we won’t rush it through. In the long run, people, at least a majority of people, will appreciate the thoroughness.
Some people say we are rushing to judgment and others say we are dragging it out. We will do this as expeditiously as possible but certainly not in any haphazard manner.
The mid-October date is merely a target, he stated, and not a deadline.
Additional information about the makeup of the jury is still forthcoming. So far the only information having been made available to the public is the race and gender of the jury pool.
It is unclear yet whether McCullough will be the presiding prosecuting attorney or not for this case. The governor of the state, Jay Nixon, has already hinted for McCullough to recuse himself from the case. Were McCullough to step down it would be up to the governor to place a special prosecutor in his stead.
Currently there are multiple investigations ongoing – federal, county, and state. Each investigation is probing the same questions and triple-checking the accuracy of the evidence and statements in question. It could be said this may be one of the most detailed cases the grand jury will look over this year.
h/t St. Louis Today