If you’re unfamiliar with the case, please see coverage of the trial at this link.
The jury of 10 Whites and 2 Blacks deadlocked. The decision came on the fourth day of deliberations.
Ohio Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan accepted the jury’s deadlock Saturday morning. The case is now back in the hands of prosecutors who must decide whether they will retry the case or dismiss it. Ray Tensing remains free on a $1 million bond.
Cincinnati.com reports that after the judge lifted the gag order, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters revealed the jury voted eight to four in favor of a voluntary manslaughter conviction. Three jurors were willing to find Tensing guilty of murder.
The deadlocked jury is not rare in cases involving police officer shootings of unarmed citizens. The jury deadlocked in the trial of Charlotte, North Carolina police officer Randall Kerrick for killing unarmed Jonathan Ferrell. The jury deadlocked in the trial of Baltimore police officer William Porter, in the death of Freddie Gray. In New Mexico, two officers stood trial for the killing of James Boyd, a White homeless man. The jury deadlocked. Richmond police officer David L. Cobb was put on trial for killing of 18-year-old Paterson Brown Jr. The jury deadlocked.
In the Ray Tensing trial, the defense said Dubose used his car as a weapon, and Tensing pulled his gun when he feared for his life as he was dragged. Prosecutors maintained that Tensing was not dragged. They presented bodycam footage and frame-by-frame photos showing that Tensing shot Dubose in the head before Dubose’s car moved.
Subtitled: One Of Numerous Pieces Of Evidence That The Jury Disregarded
Willisnewton worked on a team analyzing the clubhouse videos. Their completed project is on video titled “The Death of Trayvon Martin.”
Willisnewton posted here and I mentioned that in a portion of the East Pool Hall video, I saw a figure leaving the mail shed with car lights slowly following.
Since that time, willisnewton has asked, and I have promised, to either give the time for when I see that or point it out otherwise. The below video is of that clip, along with what happened at trial pertaining to it. It begins at about 7:10 p.m.
At trial, by an objection by the defense, sustained by Judge Nelson, the prosecution was forbidden to have the witness say whether he saw anything in the video. He could only confirm that the camera records the mail-shed area.
At closing argument, Bernie de la Rionda tried compensating for the lack of witness testimony by telling the jury what the video reveals. Prosecutors saw what I see.
The video below also shows the clip in slow-motion, and in an enhanced, or brighten version so that the figure is more clear. Read the rest of this entry
On September 14, 2012, I posted Racist Bigots and Thugs are Clairvoyant.
Now that the jury in the George Zimmerman trial has rendered a verdict of not guilty, and in light of Juror B37 saying that Trayvon played a “huge” role in his death, it is an appropriate time to revisit this subject. This is a re-post. Only the last paragraph has been changed to update since the verdict. Read the rest of this entry
On January 23, 2013, I wrote an article on the significance of the Dooley decision. It is a Florida case where the defendant claimed self-defense. Trevor Dooley was found guilty of manslaughter. His case is currently on appeal.
When I first heard of the Dooley case, I expected that he would prevail on his claim of Stand Your Ground because of testimony that Dooley was walking back to his house when David James came up behind him, knocking him to the ground.
After the verdict and when I wrote the article, it was my position that the jury applied the facts to Florida law from the beginning, finding that if not but for the fact that Trevor Dooley left his garage with a loaded gun and approached David James for mouthing off at him, the two would not have come into physical contact.
Likewise, I said that if not but for the fact that George Zimmerman got out of his car with a loaded gun to follow Trayvon, the two would not have come into physical contact. It was my position that the Zimmerman jury would find him guilty of 2nd degree murder, or manslaughter, by applying the law of initial aggressor to the facts.
I was wrong. Read the rest of this entry