Judge declares mistrial in case of Ohio officer who killed man at traffic stop

CINCINNATI — Attorneys in the murder trial of Ray Tensing returned to the courtroom Saturday morning for an update from Judge Megan Shanahan, who declared a mistrial after the jury deadlocked.

The jury of six men and six women notified Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan Saturday morning that they could not reach a decision and were hopelessly deadlocked.

Shanahan accepted the jury's finding. Tensing will remain free on $1 million bond.

Prosecutors will now have to determine if they will re-try the case or dismiss it. The key in that decision, according to legal experts, will be the breakdown of the jury.

Tensing, 26, was charged last year with murder and voluntary manslaughter in the July 2015 shooting death of Sam DuBose as he tried to drive away from a traffic stop for not having a front license plate. Prosecutors must now decide whether to try Tensing again or drop the charges.

Jurors began deliberating Wednesday afternoon in the trial, which began last week with opening statements.

Attorneys will be in court again Nov. 28 for a report on the status of the case.

 

USA TODAY


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