Jury Deadlocks in Cincinnati Police Shooting Case

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After 25 hours of deliberations, jurors hearing the case against former University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing could not reach a unanimous decision on charges of murder or voluntary manslaughter in the July 2015 shooting death of Sam DuBose, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The jury vote breakdown reportedly was 8-4 in favor of a conviction on voluntary manslaughter. A unanimous agreement was necessary for a conviction.

As Judge Megan Shanahan declared a mistrial, saying the jury of six men and six women were hopelessly deadlocked, a white female juror and a black female juror openly wept. Prosecutors will now have to determine if they will re-try the case or dismiss it. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said he will make that decision before Nov. 28, when the next court hearing is scheduled. Tensing, 26, was charged in the death of Sam DuBose as he tried to drive away from a traffic stop for not having a front license plate. Deters estimated that if the case is re-tried, the collective costs for taxpayers will be more than $1 million.


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