Rumors began swirling Friday that an announcement of a St. Louis County grand jury’s decision on whether to charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown was imminent, but sources are reaffirming that a decision will not come for at least another week.
Ferguson mayor James Knowles told The Daily Caller on Friday that the 12-person grand jury, which meets every Wednesday, was still hearing evidence this week and that a decision would not come “for at least a week.”
Ed Magee, a spokesman for St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCullough, who is presenting the case to the grand jury, confirmed the same, telling KSDK on Friday that a decision would not be made until next weekend at the earliest.
McCullough had initially stated that the grand jury would return a decision by mid-November.
Speculation peaked Friday that the decision was coming this weekend. Several helicopters were spotted flying over a St. Louis suburb, leading many to believe that National Guard troops were being flown in to stave off any civil unrest that could ignite if the grand jury decides not to charge Wilson.
Protests following the Aug. 9 shooting have already turned violent at times, and many expect worse if the grand jury decides against charging Wilson.
Mayor Knowles told CNN earlier this week that authorities must “prepare for the worst.”