McCulloch talks grand jury proceedings regarding Ferguson police shooting


by Stephanie Baumer / staff

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 20 at 3:42 PM

ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( – St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch spoke to members of the media Wednesday morning about the grand jury case involving the Ferguson police shooting.

McCulloch said he will begin presenting evidence to the grand jury on Wednesday in the case of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown, who was unarmed at the time. McCulloch said he does not expect the case to be resolved before mid-October.  He said he wants every piece of paper, photograph and piece of evidence available to the jury before they make a decision.

McCulloch said the grand jury will continue with their regular case load and will be presented evidence and information in the Ferguson case as it becomes available. After the jurors complete their regular case load, they will become a special grand jury responsible only for the Ferguson case.

When asked how many witnesses have been interviewed in the case, he stated “dozens and dozens.” He also said none of the evidence in the grand jury case can legally be released until the case is completed. 

“If there is an indictment that comes out of all this … then the evidence will be released through the progression of the trial as it is in any other case. If their determination is that no indictment be filed, then that information … all that information … will be released to the public immediately,” said McCulloch.

McCulloch’s father worked for the St. Louis Police Department.  He was killed while responding to a call involving a black suspect. When asked about his father’s death and if it would affect him in this case, he said he has worked his entire adult career to bring justice, regardless of who the case involves.

McCulloch also addressed the question as to whether he would step down from the case because of his father's death.

“I have no intention of walking away from the responsibilities and duties entrusted to me by the entire community,” he said.

He continued that the only person who can pull him off of the case is Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, who has not contacted McCulloch regarding the issue.

But in the meantime, unrest in Ferguson grows, and protesters chant to arrest Officer Wilson, a demand that the prosecutor’s office said will not happen unless the grand jury.