Attorney James P. Towey Jr. to represent Officer Darren Wilson

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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) _ The suburban St Louis County police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old has enlisted a police union attorney who has spent decades representing members of law enforcement in court.

James P. Towey Jr. told The Associated Press Monday that he represents Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Wilson is under a grand jury investigation over whether he used excessive force in the early August shooting death of Michael Brown.

Towey is general counsel for the Missouri Fraternal Order of Police and a former general counsel for the St. Louis Police Officers Association.

The attorney did not provide details about the whereabouts of Wilson, who has gone into hiding since Brown’s death. But Towey said that Wilson may be willing to publicly discuss the case in the future.