Law enforcement sources in Ferguson, Missouri, have indicated that the grand jury deciding whether police officer Darren Wilson will face criminal charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown has reached a decision. Officials are now reportedly preparing to hold a news conference to announce the verdict later today.
The 12-member grand jury has been deciding whether Wilson should be charged with any of several possible crimes, including: first-degree murder, second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, or involuntary manslaughter.
As the Washington Post notes:
Details of the grand jury’s deliberations have leaked out in recent weeks, angering the Brown family and protesters who saw it as a signal there would be no charges filed.
In addition to the grand jury in Missouri considering charges against officer Wilson, a parallel federal civil rights investigation of the shooting is continuing.
However, federal investigators have all but concluded they don’t have a case against Wilson, law enforcement officials have said.
Should the grand jury decide that Wilson will not face charges, many officials fear the Ferguson area will face renewed street violence and looting as protestors take out their anger and frustration on neighborhoods already hard hit by earlier riots.
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But for officer Darren Wilson, the news would mean that he and his new wife can enjoy a welcome wedding gift. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Wilson recently married his girlfriend — also a member of the Ferguson police department — in a quiet civil ceremony.
Wilson, 28, wed Barbara Spradling, 36, in Overland. Attorney and municipal Judge Christopher Graville performed the informal ceremony, according to the marriage license.
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