Ohio jury de­lib­er­a­tions to re­sume to­day in cop’s trial

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Jurors will re­sume de­lib­er­a­tions to­day in the mur­der trial of a white po­lice of­fi­cer who fa­tally shot an un­armed black man dur­ing a traf­fic stop over a miss­ing front li­cense plate in Ohio.

Hamil­ton County Judge Me­gan Shana­han se­questered the jurors for the night af­ter they wrapped up Wed­nes­day, more than four hours af­ter she com­pleted her in­struc­tions to the jury of 10 whites and two blacks.

An at­tor­ney for Ray Tens­ing, a now­fired Uni­ver­sity of Cincin­nati po­lice of­fi­cer, said in clos­ing ar­gu­ments that prose­cu­tors had tried to in­ject race as “a smoke screen” in the trial. Tens­ing has said he shot Sam DuBose while be­ing dragged by DuBose’s car as he tried to drive away on July 19, 2015.

The pros­e­cu­tion said ev­i­dence coun­tered Tens­ing’s claims.

“The ev­i­dence is over­whelm­ing that there was ab­so­lutely no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion” for shoot­ing DuBose, said Hamil­ton County Pros­e­cu­tor Joe De­ters.

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