Second mistrial for Ohio officer who shot and killed unarmed motorist
By Brian Seay
The family of Sam DuBose, left, called for a third trial Friday for Ray Tensing. (Photo: Family photo/Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office)
For the second time in a year, a jury on Friday couldn’t reach a verdict in the murder trial of the former officer in Ohio who shot and killed an unarmed black man during a traffic stop in 2015.
After 30 hours of deliberations this week, the jury said they were evenly split in the murder and voluntary manslaughter trial of 27-year-old Ray Tensing, according to WCPO in Cincinnati.
The former University of Cincinnati police officer shot and killed Sam DuBose during a stop in July 2015. When Tensing asked DuBose for his license, he said he didn’t have it. Tensing told him to take his seat belt off as he opened DuBose’s car door, but DuBose started to pull away. Tensing yelled “Stop! Stop!” before shooting DuBose in the head.
The incident was captured by Tensing’s body camera. DuBose was unarmed at the time of the shooting, and did not have a gun in his car. Tensing said he feared for his life.
Tensing was tried for the first time in November. In that trial, four jurors thought he was guilty of murder,