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Ray Tensing, Campus Cop, to Be Retried in Fatal Shooting

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Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing enters Hamilton County Common Pleas Court to be arraigned on murder charges July 30, 2014, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Mark Lyons/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 22 Nov 2016 07:19 PM

An Ohio prosecutor said he will retry Ray Tensing, a campus cop for the University of Cincinnati, for the fatal shooting of Sam DuBose during a traffic stop.

The judge in the case declared a mistrial Nov. 12 because jurors were deadlocked after deliberating for more than 25 hours on the case, The Associated Press reported. Tensing was charged with both murder and voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of DuBose.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters is seeking to retry Tensing on both counts. Deters also will seek a change of venue in an attempt to find jurors who won’t feel pressure from the local community to decide a certain way.

“It is our belief that the public attention that’s been focused on the Tensing case could have, in fact, seeped into the jury room,” Deters said, WLWT reported

Tensing shot DuBose in July 2015 when he tried to drive away from a traffic stop after being pulled over for not having a front license plate on his car. Tensing testified that DuBose tried to use his car as a deadly weapon and that he feared for his life when he shot DuBose, according to the AP.

Prosecutors maintained the evidence in the case contradicted Tensing’s story and that the jurors, when polled, were leaning toward convicting Tensing of voluntary manslaughter. At one point in the trial, the jurors refused to come out of the jury room and were reportedly afraid their identities would be recognized and that there would be a backlash against them if they voted to convict Tensing, the AP reported.

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An Ohio prosecutor said he will retry Ray Tensing, a campus cop for the University of Cincinnati, for the fatal shooting of Sam DuBose during a traffic stop.
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