Ohio judge: Jury can hear about pot in slain man’s car
A judge has ruled that jurors can be told about marijuana in the car driven by an unarmed black man fatally shot by a white police officer after a traffic stop.
Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan, however, rejected defense efforts Wednesday to also introduce records of 43-year-old Sam DuBose’s long conviction history or about his health.
Former officer Ray Tensing is charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter in the 2015 shooting of DuBose.
He was pulled over for a missing front license plate near the University of Cincinnati.
Tensing’s attorney Stewart Mathews has said his client feared for his life as DuBose tried to drive away.
Courtroom questioning of potential jurors begins Monday.