Openings statements set in murder retrial of Ohio officer

Marcus Newton
June 9, 2017

Jury selection took over three full days and included some interesting exchanges between attorneys and prospective jurors. Judge Leslie Ghiz expects two civilians and two Cincinnati police officers will testify on day two.

Tensing "wasn't a racist", said Mathews, adding he will present video of other Tensing traffic stops of black drivers, showing the officer to be professional and polite.

The shooting was caught on the former officer's body camera, the footage from which contradicted his claims that DuBose drove off and dragged Tensing in an attempt to get away.

Jury selection in OH is moving more deliberately for the retrial than in the first trial of a white former police officer charged with murder in the 2015 death of a black unarmed motorist. Tensing's first trial ended in November with a hung jury.

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Mathews agreed that Tensing made a mistake by reaching into the vehicle.

The prosecution argues Tensing failed to follow his training throughout the off-campus traffic stop. If DuBose had cooperated with Tensing during the stop, he would not be dead, Mathews said. But he asserted that DuBose used his left arm to pin Tensing's left arm against the car's windowsill and steering wheel.

The jury consists of seven white women, two African-American women, two white men, and one African-American man.

The retrial judge has ruled that certain pieces of evidence presented in Tensing's first trial will not be admitted in the retrial.

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