No charges against Darren Wilson after reinvestigation of Michael Brown's death

"Our investigation does not exonerate Darren Wilson," Wesley Bell said.

Sam Masterson
July 30, 2020 - 3:37 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell says he will not seek new charges in connection with Michael Brown Junior's death in 2014.

Bell says an independent investigation couldn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Darren Wilson committed a crime. 

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"I do not intend to relitigate the evidence of this case," said Bell at a news conference.

"My heart breaks for Michael Brown Sr. and his mother, Lesley McSpadden," said Bell, noting this isn't the outcome they were hoping for.

Bell says this doesn't exonerate Wilson, as there were many things he could have done differently, but the only question, he says, is whether they can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime occurred.

"The answer is no," said Bell.

In August of last year, Michael Brown Sr. "demanded" Bell reopen the case into his son's death in 2014. The statement came on the five-year anniversary of his death. 

"My son was murdered in cold blood, with no remorse and no medical treatment," Brown said last year. 

At that time, Brown says he was given any kind of timeframe as to when an announcement from Bell's office would be made.

Aug. 9, 2014, Michael Brown was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. The officer, Darren Wilson, was never charged. 

Related: Timeline of events in shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson
Related: Michael Brown's mother is running for Ferguson City Council

However, the U.S. Justice Department did issue a report citing racial prejudice in the Ferguson Police Department and a municipal court system that made money through court fines and legal fees.

Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell, the county’s first black prosecutor, took office in January after his stunning victory over seven-term incumbent Bob McCulloch.

McCulloch drew criticism for his handling of the investigation into the Michael Brown shooting, with detractors accusing him of guiding the grand jury to its decision not to indict Wilson, which came in November 2014, three months after Brown’s death.

Since Wilson was never charged and tried, there would be no double-jeopardy, nor statute of limitations for bringing murder charges.

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