3 blacks among 12 grand jurors in Ferguson case

Seats in the jury box sit empty during a hearing. (Getty Images/Fred Prouser-Pool)
Seats in the jury box sit empty during a hearing. (Getty Images/Fred Prouser-Pool)
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Updated: 8/22 12:32 pm

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Three black people are among the 12-member grand jury hearing evidence in the Michael Brown case.

Paul Fox, director of judicial administration for St. Louis County Circuit Court, confirmed the racial and gender makeup of the grand jury on Friday. St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch has said it will be several weeks before a decision is made on whether to charge Darren Wilson, the Ferguson officer who shot and killed Brown on Aug. 9.

The grand jury consists of six white men, three white women, two black women and one black man. Nine votes are needed to convict.

The ages and hometowns of the jurors weren't released. A judge is expected to consider Monday whether to make that information public.

The Justice Department also is investigating Brown's death.

 

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