St. Louis DA says he knew of lying witnesses in Ferguson grand jury trial

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announces the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson Monday in Clayton, Missouri. Photo by Cristina Fletes-Boutte/Reuters

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch revealed Friday that he was aware that some witnesses lied before the grand jury in the case against Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson. Wilson shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August. Photo by Cristina Fletes-Boutte/Reuters

In an interview Friday afternoon with St. Louis radio station KTRS 550 AM, St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said he knew that some witnesses were lying to the St. Louis grand jury about the Michael Brown case.

McCulloch said he thought it better to give the grand jury more information, rather than less, and let the jurors decipher which statements were credible.

“I thought it was much more important that the grand jury hear everything, what people have to say — and they’re in a perfect position to assess the credibility, which is what juries do.”

McCulloch said he will not file perjury charges against those who may have lied under oath.

In that same interview, when asked why the grand jury decision was announced in the later evening hours and only a few days before Thanksgiving, McCulloch said, “there was no good time to announce this. Whatever was going to happen was going to happen.”