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Ferguson, Mo. officer at center of shooting controversy gets married

CLAYTON, Mo. - The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, setting off weeks of ongoing protests, has gotten married.

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Records at the St. Louis County Recorder of Deeds office show that 28-year-old Darren Wilson married Barbara Spradling on Oct. 24. A municipal judge performed the ceremony in Overland, Missouri.

A grand jury is deciding whether to indict Wilson for killing Michael Brown. Wilson, who is white, fatally shot Brown, who was black, on Aug. 9 following a scuffle inside Wilson's police SUV that spilled onto the street.

Several media organizations, citing sources they didn't identify, have reported Wilson told grand jurors Brown was coming at him aggressively. Witnesses have said Brown had his hands raised and was trying to surrender.

Wilson and his first wife divorced in 2013.

Meanwhile, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is heading to St. Louis Monday as anticipation mounts about a possible grand jury decision on whether to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old.

Security, stress high ahead of Ferguson grand jury announcement

Nixon spokesman Scott Holste confirmed Monday that the governor is traveling to St. Louis from the Capitol. He did not say why, but the governor's travel comes as the city braces for an announcement from the panel.

Authorities have stepped up security in the St. Louis area in anticipation of renewed protests when the grand jury's decision is made public.

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