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Michael Brown Family Attorneys Discuss ‘Great Concern’ Over Upcoming Grand Jury Decision

The family attorneys of slain teenager Michael Brown held a live news conferenceThursday morning to discuss new developments in Ferguson, Missouri related to the grand jury decision on Brown’s death, which is expected to come as soon as this weekend.

Attorneys Benjamin Crump and Anthony Gray also shared the latest information from a private autopsy performed on Brown’s body by Dr. Michael Baden, who testified before the grand jury Thursday.

“The only thing that Dr. Baden had wished to express to [Brown’s] parents is that in his preliminary autopsy, he had not been able to determine the shots to the chest — whether they were re-entry or entry wounds,” Crump said at the news conference.

“He was [now]able to confirm that there was an additional entry wound into his chest and that it was not a re-entry wound,” Crump added.

Crump declined to share additional information or say what, if anything, Baden’s findings implied, saying that the pathologist had expressed a wish for the substance of his testimony not to be discussed.

As for the attorneys’ assessment on the fatal shooting of Brown by police officer Darren Wilson, both Crump and Gray — along with Brown’s family and many members of the community — believe that there is enough probable cause to charge Wilson in killing the unarmed teenager.

A grand jury is currently reviewing the case and is expected to announce a decision in a matter of days on whether Wilson will face criminal charges.

However, the Brown family’s attorneys said that because of the opaque nature of the grand jury, which meets in secret, there are some doubts in the community about whether the trial is proceeding fairly.

 

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