Ray Tensing, the former Cincinnati police officer who shot and killed Black motorist Samuel DuBose, will not undergo a third trial in the matter. The previous trials ended without decisions, with the most recent mistrial occurring this past June.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said discussions with “multiple jurors” after two mistrials in the case against Ray Tensing led him to not pursue a third trial.
“They have, to a person, said…that we will never get a conviction,” Deters announced at a news conference Tuesday.
Deters said he will dismiss the murder and voluntary manslaughter charges that the former University of Cincinnati police officer has faced for nearly two years in the fatal shooting of Sam DuBose.
The killing of DuBose has been as contentious as any number of similar cases involving a white police officer and Black shooting victim. In this matter, the DuBose family contends that Tensing’s actions in 2015 were not justified. Tensing maintained in reports that he felt threatened after DuBose allegedly took off in his vehicle with Tensing’s arm still in the window.
The DuBose family issued a statement calling Tensing a murderer and promised to stay diligent in seeking justice for the fallen.
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