It's been over 90 days since Michael Brown Jr. was fatally shot by officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, and a St. Louis grand jury is yet to return a decision on whether or not Wilson will be charged in Brown's death.
On Monday, Robert McCulloch, the St. Louis County prosecutor in charge of the Ferguson grand jury, delivered a bold response to the rumors that a decision in the Brown case was imminent.
"ANY AND ALL claims of an announcement date or time from any source, especially social media, are rank speculation and should be ignored," McCulloch said in a statement released to media.
Late last week, rumors that a grand jury decision could come any day reached a fever pitch. Local media reported law enforcement preparations in the St. Louis area, stoking the public's anxiety that authorities were preparing for more community outcry and protests after the decision is announced.
McCulloch said on Monday that as recently as Nov. 4 the grand jury was still hearing evidence and his office's prediction that a decision wouldn't be reached before mid- to late November has not changed.
This week, Brown's parents, Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, are traveling to Geneva, Switzerland, to address the United Nations on police violence. An attorney for the family said their remarks are scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 12, and they don't think the grand jury announcement will take place while they're away.
"I think it's not going to be before they get back," attorney Ben Crump told BuzzFeed News.
Michael Hayes is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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