Ray Tensing’s Retrial Begins For The Killing of Samuel Dubose

Samuel Dubose

Ray Tensing is a former University of Cincinnati officer who shot and killed Samuel Dubose during a traffic stop in 2015.  A mistrial was declared on November 12, 2016.  The straw poll by jurors was unanimous for murder.  After 25 hours of deliberation however, four jurors were ready to convict Tensing of murder, four were ready to convict him of voluntary manslaughter and four were ready to find him not guilty.  The jury consisted of 2 Black women, 4 White women and 6 White men.

The trial was covered on this blog.

Ray Tensing

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said that how jurors went from unanimously agreeing on a murder conviction in their straw poll to being unable to reach a verdict on any charge is unclear.  He talked to the jurors and said that he learned a lot.

On November 28, 2016, Deter announced that he was retrying Tensing on the charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter.

The jury for Tensing’s retrial has now been seated.  It consists of 7 White women, 2 White men, 1 Black man and 2 Black women.

Opening statements are anticipated for this morning.  The trial is being live streamed at this link.    I’ll update in the comment section below.

Posted on 06/08/2017, in Cases, Sam DuBose, Trial Videos and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 61 Comments.

  1. Interesting that the jury is dominated by women.

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  2. And he was wearing an undershirt celebrating ‘white pride’ when he killed Sam.

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  3. yahtzeebutterfly

    You can listen to a recording of the opening statements at this link:
    http://www.wcpo.com/news/crime/opening-statements-starting-thursday-in-ray-tensings-murder-retrial

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  4. yahtzeebutterfly

    You can listen to a recording of the opening statements if you scroll down at this link:
    http://www.wcpo.com/news/crime/opening-statements-starting-thursday-in-ray-tensings-murder-retrial

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    Witness now is UC police office Phillip Kidd

    On the stand Ofc. Kidd corrects that and says he did NOT see Tensing dragged:

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    Defense’s opening statements in Tensing retrial:

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      “Opening statements show prosecution is taking different tack in Tensing’s retrial”
      http://www.wcpo.com/news/crime/ray-tensing-retrial-opening-statements-show-prosecution-is-taking-different-tack

      Excerpts:

      Focus.

      That’s going to be the key word in the prosecution’s case against Ray Tensing the second time around.

      Or four words: Focus. On. The. Video.

      …It seems clear that the new prosecution team has reworked its case since the first trial, which ended in a hung jury despite a compelling frame-by-frame expert analysis of Tensing’s body camera video from the shooting of motorist Sam DuBose. There were no theatrics from DeGraffenreid, no expressions of outrage or condemnation to enflame the jury, like we saw from Prosecutor Joe Deters last November.

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  9. Prosecution’s opening statements:

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      “Opening statements show prosecution is taking different tack in Tensing’s retrial”
      http://www.wcpo.com/news/crime/ray-tensing-retrial-opening-statements-show-prosecution-is-taking-different-tack
      Excerpt:

      Focus.

      That’s going to be the key word in the prosecution’s case against Ray Tensing the second time around.

      Or four words: Focus. On. The. Video.

      …It seems clear that the new prosecution team has reworked its case since the first trial, which ended in a hung jury despite a compelling frame-by-frame expert analysis of Tensing’s body camera video from the shooting of motorist Sam DuBose. There were no theatrics from DeGraffenreid, no expressions of outrage or condemnation to enflame the jury, like we saw from Prosecutor Joe Deters last November.

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  10. Prosecution witness Philip Kidd testifies.

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  12. The following video is Tensing’s police interview. It was played in court so the sound is not the best.

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    Ray Tensing retrial: Witness claims shot came first, then Sam DuBose’s car moved”
    http://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county/cincinnati/ray-tensing-retrial-witness-claims-shot-came-first-then-sam-duboses-car-moved-

    Excerpt:

    Napier struck two blows to the defense’s case when she testified that she heard a shot, then saw Tensing fall and then saw DuBose’s car in motion – in that order. She also said she didn’t see DuBose’s car drag Tensing.

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    “Alicia Napier testifies in Ray Tensing retrial”

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      Here is a large frame from the above tweet which shows a photo of the body camera on Tensing along with a photo of the moment of the gunshot:

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    Coroner firearm expert:

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    Excerpts from article linked in above tweet:

    Crime lab tests on Tensing’s flashlight and boots showed no sign of being dragged, one witness said Wednesday.

    …In Tensing’s first trial, Prosecutor Joe Deters addressed the possibility that DuBose could, in fact, cause his car to move after he was shot.

    Dr. Karen Looman’s testimony wasn’t as definitive.

    “(DuBose) would have no thought or movement when the bullet hit his brainstem,” Looman said. “He was not in control of his body.”

    Toward the end of her testimony, Looman explained that DuBose’s body could have pressed down on the gas pedal.

    “If his foot was hovering on the gas pedal when he was shot, with gravity he would have collapsed on the pedal,” Loman said.

    When he was shot, the bullet entered DuBose’s head above the left ear and exited below the right ear, Looman said. That means Tensing was to the left and above DuBose when he shot him, Looman said.

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  21. Karen Looman is the chief deputy coroner and a forensic pathologist in Hamilton County.

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  23. Thursday June 15

    Yesterday, the prosecution rested. Today, they asked the judge to amend the charges to include a lesser charge of reckless homicide. Stew Mathews, Tensing’s attorney, immediately objected. Judge Leslie Ghiz rejected the motion. She said it’s the job of the prosecutor’s office, not the judge, to add criminal charges. Judge Ghiz said her decision would stand for now but could be reviewed once the defense rests.

    The first witness called by the defense was rejected and did not testify. The testimony was suppose to be about marijuana in DuBose’s system when Tensing shot and killed DuBose.

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  24. Some defense witnesses from this morning.

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    My guess is that the jury (not being video experts) will not know whether to believe the prosecution video expert’s (Fredericks’) conclusions or the defense video expert’s (Roper’s) conclusions.

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    • They will have to decide which is more credible, and which agrees with what they see on the videos. Common sense is that if I hear the firing of a gun before a car moves, that experts cannot tell me that the car was moving before Tensing fired his gun.

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  30. Ray Tensing’s testimony.

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    Closing arguments were this morning. The judge instructed the jury which is now in deliberations.

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  34. Closing arguments and jury instructions.

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    No verdict yet. Jury will return tomorrow to continue deliberations.

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  38. Thursday, June 22, 2017

    The jury is going into another night of being sequestered. No verdict yet. They will continue deliberations tomorrow.

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