Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch on Wednesday said whether the answer is “yes” or “no” – he just wants to hear from Gov. Jay Nixon as soon as possible.

“Someone needs to get him to at least answer that question. Are you leaving McCulloch on the case, or are you taking him off the case? The family doesn’t need this hanging over their head,” McCulloch said.

McCulloch’s family connections to police have been cited by some black leaders who question his ability to be impartial. His father, mother, brother, uncle and cousin all worked for the St. Louis Police Department, and his father was killed while responding to a call involving a black suspect.

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Acknowledging the calls for him to turn the investigation over to someone else, McCulloch noted that only the governor has the authority to remove him from Michael Brown case, and he has no intention of voluntarily stepping aside.

Nixon on Tuesday said he would not seek the removal of the prosecutor from the case, citing the “well-established process” by which prosecutors can recuse themselves from pending investigations to make way for a special prosecutor.

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