Charges tossed in Ohio po­lice killing

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

CINCIN­NATI — A judge in Cincin­nati on Mon­day dis­missed the charges against a white po­lice of­fi­cer who fa­tally shot an un­armed black mo­torist dur­ing a traf­fic stop, af­ter a county prose­cu­tor de­clined to pur­sue a third mur­der trial in the case.

Hamil­ton County Judge Les­lie Ghiz de­clined to ac­quit for­mer Univer­sity of Cincin­nati of­fi­cer Ray Tens­ing in the shoot­ing of Sam DuBose, but she dis­missed the mur­der and vol­un­tary manslaughter charges in a way that blocks re­trial on those counts.

“It’s sort of a note of fi­nal­ity, which is what we were look­ing for, al­though we still have the po­ten­tial for a fed­eral civil-rights in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” de­fense at­tor­ney Ste­wart Mathews said af­ter­ward.

Two ju­ries couldn’t reach unan­i­mous agree­ment on the state charges, lead­ing to mis­tri­als. County Prose­cu­tor Joe De­ters said he felt “badly” about drop­ping the case but had con­cluded that he wouldn’t be able to get a jury to con­vict Tens­ing.

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