Grand jury gets more time in Ferguson police shooting case
By Holly Yan and Tina Burnside
(CNN) — A grand jury in Missouri now has more time decide whether Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson should be charged for the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown.
St. Louis County Judge Carolyn Whittington has extended the grand jury’s deadline until January 7, said Paul Fox, the county’s director of judicial administration.
The grand jury will mull testimony and decide whether they believe Wilson committed a crime when he shot Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, on August 9.
So far, police and witnesses have given conflicting narratives on what happened.
Outrage over the shooting led to days of protests in Ferguson and a heated debate over whether Brown’s race played a role in his death.
Brown was black, like two-thirds of his neighbors in Ferguson. Wilson is white, like most of the city’s police department.
The grand jury, which meets in secrecy, consists of nine white people (six men and three women) and three black people (two women and a man), court officials have said.