No new trial in shoot­ing

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

Hamil­ton County, Ohio, pros­e­cu­tor Joe De­ters leaves a news con­fer­ence Tues­day in Cincin­nati af­ter announcing that he won’t seek a third mur­der trial for a white po­lice of­fi­cer who fa­tally shot an un­armed black mo­torist dur­ing a traf­fic stop two years ago. De­ters said, though, that he is call­ing on fed­eral au­thor­i­ties to con­sider pos­si­ble civil-rights charges.

CINCIN­NATI — A white po­lice of­fi­cer who fa­tally shot an un­armed black mo­torist dur­ing a Cincin­nati traf­fic stop won’t face a third mur­der trial, a pros­e­cu­tor an­nounced Tues­day, say­ing that he is ask­ing fed­eral au­thor­i­ties to con­sider pos­si­ble civil-rights charges.

Hamil­ton County pros­e­cu­tor Joe De­ters said he’s drop­ping the case against Ray Tens­ing, 27, on the eve of the two-year an­niver­sary of the death of Sam DuBose, 43. Two pre­vi­ous ju­ries couldn’t reach a unan­i­mous agree­ment on mur­der and vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter charges against the for­mer Univer­sity of Cincin­nati of­fi­cer.

“I feel badly,” said De­ters, who said he con­cluded he wouldn’t be able to get a jury to con­vict Tens­ing. “I’ve got to do what I think is right.”

Tens­ing shot DuBose in the head af­ter pulling him over for a miss­ing front li­cense plate on July 19, 2015. The of­fi­cer, since fired, tes­ti­fied that he feared he was go­ing to be killed. Tens­ing, who tes­ti­fied in his own de­fense at both tri­als, said he feared he could be dragged or run over as DuBose tried to drive away.

DuBose’s fam­ily and civil-rights groups wanted a third trial. DuBose’s fam­ily ear­lier called for a fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion and wasn’t sat­is­fied by De­ters’ an­nounce­ment the case will be re­viewed.

“They should have done both [third trial and re­view],” said DuBose’s sis­ter, Te­rina Allen. She said DuBose was “no threat” to Tens­ing. She pledged to hound Tens­ing “the rest of his life.”

The univer­sity fired Tens­ing af­ter he was in­dicted. It reached a $5.3 mil­lion set­tle­ment with DuBose’s fam­ily.


AP/Pitts­burgh Post-Gazette/DAR­RELL SAPP

State po­lice of Penn­syl­va­nia salute Tues­day dur­ing the ar­rival of Trooper Michael Ste­wart’s cof­fin at the Holy Fam­ily Church in Latrobe, Pa. Ste­wart was killed when his cruiser col­lided with a garbage truck last week.

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