Former Officer Ray Tensing on Trial For Killing Sam DuBose
On July 19 2015, Sam DuBose was shot and killed by now former University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing. Hamilton County prosecutors say that DuBose’s death was unwarranted and it was murder. Sam did not have a weapon or appear to be reaching for a weapon.
Tensing’s defense is that DuBose dragged him with the car.
Prosecutors say that Tensing’s bodycam shows that he was not dragged. A grand jury indicted Tensing on charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter. Tensing was terminated from the police department.
The murder charge carries the possibility of life in prison. The voluntary manslaughter charge carries the possibility of 3 to 11 years in prison.
Raymond Tensing (born November 13, 1989),was 25 years old at the time of the shooting. He joined the University of Cincinnati Police Department (UCPD) in April 2014, and was previously an officer with the department of Greenhills, Ohio. Tensing had left the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s training academy after attending for one day. The New York Times reports that according to a highway patrol spokesman, Tensing was unable to adapt to the physical and mental requirements.
In January 2016, the University of Cincinnati settled a lawsuit with the family of Samuel DuBose. The settlement was $5.3 million and allows for DuBose’s children to have free tuition to the college. DuBose’s family was represented by Mark O’Mara, the attorney who defended George Zimmerman against 2nd degree murder charges for the killing of unarmed 17-year old Trayvon Martin.
On Monday, a jury was selected. The jury consists of two Black women, four White women and six White men. All alternates are white.
Today, both sides presented opening arguments. Jurors visited the scene of the deadly shooting.
We’ll keep daily updates in the comment section below.
Tensing’s bodycam video
Prosecutor Joe Deter’s opening statement
Defense Attorney Stew Mathews’ opening statement