This is alternate history.
The jury finally returned a guilty verdict late this afternoon on the young gentleman Michael Brown, with the charge of shooting and murdering policeman Darren Wilson.
The judge noted after the guilty verdict was rendered that a court would meet after Thanksgiving to determine whether he would receive the death sentence or life in prison. Previous shooters in Missouri of policemen have all received the death sentence, and CNN analysts were doubtful if he could avoid the same path.
Various witnesses came forward during the trial and established the fact that.....yes, there was a brief encounter on the roof after the policeman Wilson asked the two gentleman walking the middle of the road to move to the side of the road. Most witnesses were in agreement (the one gentleman accompanying Brown was not)....that the confrontation went from zero to turbo in a matter of one minute.
No one has yet been able to explain why Brown charged Wilson in the police-car, and what motive was at work here. Brown, based on his lawyer's advice, refused to comment or take the oath to defend himself.
Family members of Brown came to his defense and noted that he was a troubled young man from a rough neighborhood, and he might have been under the influence of narcotics or drugs. No test had been rendered up on Brown, and thus this was not factual at the time. At one point, with a witness to Brown's activities that morning....he alluded to the fact that Brown had smoked some marijuana and it might have clouded his ability to rationalize or grasp reality.
Brown's mother and father also took the stand, saying this was not the normal character of their son, and the rough side of the local area had possessed young Brown's life.
On the other side of the coin, the prosecution provided more than enough proof that Brown had taken the gun from the policeman, and fired three shots into him. Death occurred within sixty seconds of the last shot.
The news media has been mostly local, with only one CNN correspondent covering the court episode from the national news.
As the CNN correspondent put it.....Brown was living life on the edge and if it hadn't been Brown, it would have been someone else down the road.