Prosecutor will release audio of Michael Brown grand jury if Ferguson officer isn't indicted

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ST. LOUIS — A prosecutor says he'll immediately release transcripts and audio recordings of a grand jury investigation into the death of Michael Brown if the panel doesn't indict the suburban St. Louis police officer who shot him.

Spokesman Ed Magee on Wednesday said St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch has ordered that the proceedings be transcribed and audio-recorded, an unusual step for grand juries in Missouri. The story was first reported by St. Louis Public Radio.

If the police officer, Darren Wilson. is indicted, the grand jury testimony and recordings will become potential trial evidence and will not be released.

Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Brown on Aug. 9, leading to unrest in Ferguson. The grand jury is deciding if use of lethal force was justified. Wilson is on paid administrative leave.

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