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Prosecutor: Jury favored toward lesser charge

5 years 8 months 3 weeks ago Saturday, November 12 2016 Nov 12, 2016 November 12, 2016 11:39 AM November 12, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

CINCINNATI - An Ohio prosecutor says jurors were leaning toward convicting a white former police officer on a lesser charge but couldn't agree in the case involving the fatal traffic stop shooting of an unarmed black motorist.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters says the jury in Cincinnati was tilting toward a voluntary manslaughter conviction and an acquittal on the murder charge.

A judge declared a mistrial Saturday after the jury said it was deadlocked deliberating some 25 hours after getting the case Wednesday.

Twenty-six-year-old University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing shot 43-year-old Sam DuBose in the head after pulling him over for a missing front license plate on July 19, 2015. Tensing was later fired.

Deters says he'll decide within the next two weeks whether to try the case again.

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