Tamir Rice: Grand jury is hearing testimony

Tamir Rice: Grand jury is hearing testimony

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - After 11 months, the grand jury is hearing the Tamir Rice case.

Sources in the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department tell Cleveland 19 that a grand jury has the case and has been meeting behind closed doors since last week. Sheriff's deputies are currently testifying about their investigation.

12-year-old Tamir was shot by Officer Timothy Loehmann outside Cudell Recreation Center November 22, 2014. He was waving what turned out to be an airsoft gun when he was killed.

Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty has said the case would be turned over to the grand jury.

The current grand jury's session ends in December but if they need more time to hear testimony, they can receive two extensions. The first extension can be up to four months. After four months, if they still need more time to sort it all out, a second extension would allow one additional month.

What is a Grand Jury?

The grand jury unit investigates cases and review reports submitted by local, state, and federal law enforcement investigators alleging felony criminal activity. Cases with sufficient evidence are selected for presentation to one of four Cuyahoga County Grand Juries.

After the prosecutor presents evidence, the grand jury decides if there is probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed and if there is a reasonable belief as to the identity of the person who committed the crime.

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