Gov. Nixon won't remove McCulloch from Ferguson case

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 20 at 8:06 AM

(KMOV.com) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said he will not remove St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch from the case involving the shooting death of Michael Brown, Jr.

Nixon released a statement on the matter Tuesday night:

“From the outset, I have been clear about the need to have a vigorous prosecution of this case, and that includes minimizing any potential legal uncertainty.  I am not asking St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCullouch to recuse himself from this case. There is a well-established process by which a prosecutor can recuse themselves from a pending investigation, and a special prosecutor be appointed.  Departing from this established process could unnecessarily inject legal uncertainty into this matter and potentially jeopardize the prosecution.”

Tuesday, McCulloch said he hopes to begin grand jury proceedings Wednesday. McCulloch said the start of proceedings will depend on availability of witnesses and the grand jury’s schedule.

Even if the grand jury starts looking at evidence Wednesday, it may be several weeks before a decision on whether to file charges is reached.

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