Sam Dubose Shooting Case Declared A Mistrial
The former police officer who fatally shot unarmed Sam Dubose just got a break.
Ray Tensing, who claimed he feared for his life when Dubose drove away during a traffic stop, could walk free after a jury became deadlocked on voluntary manslaughter and murder charges.
A mistrial was declared Saturday in the case of a white former Ohio police officer who was accused of murder in the fatal shooting of a black man during a traffic stop last year.
The fired University of Cincinnati police officer said he feared for his life when Sam DuBose, 43, tried to drive away after being stopped for a missing front license plate on July 19, 2015. Prosecutors wanted jurors to conclude 26-year-old Ray Tensing “purposely” killed DuBose.
On Friday, the jury told Shanahan they couldn’t reach a decision on murder or voluntary manslaughter charges for Tensing. Shanahan said they had enough evidence for a decision and advised them to keep working.
On Saturday morning, Shanahan declared a mistrial because the jury could not reach a unanimous decision after around 25 hours of deliberating.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said the jury was tilting toward a voluntary manslaughter conviction and an acquittal on the murder charge but ultimately couldn’t agree.
The prosecutor in the case will now decide within the next two weeks whether to try the case again.
Tensing is the former officer who was wearing a confederate flag t-shirt under his uniform during the shooting.
Are you even surprised that a mistrial was declared???