Ferguson grand jury has reached decision in Michael Brown case, announcement tonight

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By RYAN GORMAN

The grand jury deciding the fate of Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teen this past August, has reached a decision, according to multiple media reports.

Jurors have been deliberating for several weeks whether to charge Wilson with murder for the August 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Officials have given word the announcement will be made at 8:00 p.m. local time.

CNN, Bloomberg and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, citing local law enforcement officials, said the St. Louis County prosecutor would announce a decision Monday. The teen's family has been made aware a decision has been reached, according to NBC News.
The Washington Post, citing sources close to the process, said both the prosecutor's and Missouri governor's offices were preparing for press conferences likely to come later Monday.

Brown's family has continued its pleas for peace, no matter the decision, and asked for four-and-a-half minutes of silence following Monday night's announcement.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has arrived in St. Louis is scheduled to speak with local clergy in the area at 4:00 p.m., KSDK reported.

Various reports showed him appearing at a local burger bar, on W. Florissant Avenue and other locations in the hours leading up to the official announcement.



The country has been eagerly awaiting the announcement since the August shooting, and the predominantly black Ferguson community is poised to erupt should a jury decide against indicting the white officer.

Reports of businesses closing in advance of the announcement have quickly begun pouring in.
Many stores remain open, but are heavily boarded up. A number of school districts in Ferguson have closed for either Tuesday or the rest of the week.



Several civil rights leaders have joined the procession of people calling for a murder trial.

Protestors have already begun gathering in multiple locations around Ferguson, including the police department parking lot.
Should Wilson be sent to trial, he could potentially face the death penalty. Missouri is a capital punishment state.

This is a developing story. More details will come as they are made available.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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FERGUSON, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 14: Jake Nguyen, owner of Furniture Mattresses For Less on West Florissant Ave, boards up the windows to his store in preparation for possible protests after the Grand Jury releases their decision on whether or not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. on November 14, 2014. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 15: A woman walks past the boarded-up front of the Prime Time Barber and Beauty shop on West Florissant Street November 15, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Business has dropped nearly 80 percent at the shop since the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. According to the shop owner, patrons have been reluctant to come into the area since rioting erupted near the shop following Brown's death. Brown was killed by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer. The city is hoping to avoid a repeat of those riots if the grand jury investigating the shooting does not find justification to prosecute Wilson. The grand jurys decision is expected sometime in November. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 14: Jake Nguyen, owner of Furniture Mattresses For Less on West Florissant Ave, boards up the windows to his store in preparation for possible protests after the Grand Jury releases their decision on whether or not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. on November 14, 2014. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 14: Workers board up the windows of Furniture Mattresses For Less on West Florissant Ave in preparation for possible protests after the Grand Jury releases their decision on whether or not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. on November 14, 2014. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 14: Workers board up the windows of Furniture Mattresses For Less on West Florissant Ave in preparation for possible protests after the Grand Jury releases their decision on whether or not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. on November 14, 2014. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 14: Workers board up the windows of Furniture Mattresses For Less on West Florissant Ave in preparation for possible protests after the Grand Jury releases their decision on whether or not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. on November 14, 2014. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 14: Workers board up the windows of Furniture Mattresses For Less on West Florissant Ave in preparation for possible protests after the Grand Jury releases their decision on whether or not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. on November 14, 2014. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 10: Gonz Jove paints a mural on the boarded-up windows of the Better Family Living community services center located in a strip mall along West Florissant Street on November 10, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Many businesses along West Florissant have recently been boarded-up as business owners wait for the grand jury decision in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Many of the stores along the street were looted and vandalized during rioting which broke out after Brown was killed by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer. The city is hoping to avoid a repeat of those riots if the grand jury investigating the shooting does not find justification to prosecute Wilson. The grand jurys decision is expected sometime in November. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 10: Gonz Jove paints a mural on the boarded-up windows of the Better Family Living community services center located in a strip mall along West Florissant Street on November 10, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Many businesses along West Florissant have recently been boarded-up as business owners wait for the grand jury decision in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Many of the stores along the street were looted and vandalized during rioting which broke out after Brown was killed by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer. The city is hoping to avoid a repeat of those riots if the grand jury investigating the shooting does not find justification to prosecute Wilson. The grand jurys decision is expected sometime in November. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 17: Melisa Hutchings (L), Tracy Reust and Daniel Wentz walk past a sign reading, 'Ferguson Proud Pray for Peace and Progress,' as they carry a cat from the Ferguson Animal Hospital where they placed plywood on the windows to try to protect the business from any violent reaction to the grand jury decision on November 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. The area around St Louis, Missouri prepares for the release of the grand jury decision in the shooting death of Michael Brown by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 17: Bob McCarty and his son, Sam McCarty place plywood over the windows of their business, Painted Effects, as they prepare to try to protect it from any violent reaction to the grand jury decision on November 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. The area around St Louis, Missouri prepares for the release of the grand jury decision in the shooting death of Michael Brown by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 17: Tony (L) and Tim, who didn't want to provide their last names, place plywood over a window as they prepare to try to protect a business from any violent reaction to the grand jury decision on November 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. The area around St Louis, Missouri prepares for the release of the grand jury decision in the shooting death of Michael Brown by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 14: Plywood covers the glass front of a strip mall along West Florissant Street on November 14, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Many businesses along West Florissant are boarded-up as residents prepare for the grand jury decision in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Many of the stores along the street were looted and vandalized during rioting which broke out after Brown was killed by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer. The city is hoping to avoid a repeat of those riots if the grand jury investigating the shooting does not find justification to prosecute Wilson. The grand jurys decision is expected sometime in November. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 12: Plywood covers the glass front of a strip mall along West Florissant Street on November 12, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Many businesses along West Florissant are boarded-up as residents prepare for the grand jury decision in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Many of the stores along the street were looted and vandalized during rioting which broke out after Brown was killed by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer. The city is hoping to avoid a repeat of those riots if the grand jury investigating the shooting does not find justification to prosecute Wilson. The grand jury's decision is expected sometime in November. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 12: Plywood covers the glass front of a strip mall along West Florissant Street on November 12, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Many businesses along West Florissant are boarded-up as residents prepare for the grand jury decision in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Many of the stores along the street were looted and vandalized during rioting which broke out after Brown was killed by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer. The city is hoping to avoid a repeat of those riots if the grand jury investigating the shooting does not find justification to prosecute Wilson. The grand jury's decision is expected sometime in November. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 10: Plywood covers the glass front of stores in a strip mall on South Florissant Street near the Police Station, on November 10, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Many businesses in Ferguson have been boarded-up to prevent damage as business owners prepare for the grand jury decision in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Businesses in Ferguson were looted and vandalized during rioting which broke out after Brown was killed by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer. The city is hoping to avoid a repeat of those riots if the grand jury investigating the shooting does not find justification to prosecute Wilson. The grand jurys decision is expected sometime in November. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 10: Plywood covers the glass front of stores in a strip mall on South Florissant Street near the Police Station, on November 10, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Many businesses in Ferguson have been boarded-up to prevent damage as business owners prepare for the grand jury decision in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Businesses in Ferguson were looted and vandalized during rioting which broke out after Brown was killed by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer. The city is hoping to avoid a repeat of those riots if the grand jury investigating the shooting does not find justification to prosecute Wilson. The grand jurys decision is expected sometime in November. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 10: Plywood covers the glass fronts of stores in a strip mall along West Florissant Street, on November 10, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Many businesses along West Florissant have recently been boarded-up as business owners wait for the grand jury decision in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Many of the stores along the street were looted and vandalized during rioting which broke out after Brown was killed by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer. The city is hoping to avoid a repeat of those riots if the grand jury investigating the shooting does not find justification to prosecute Wilson. The grand jurys decision is expected sometime in November. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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