Hung Jury in Cincinnati Police Shooting; Family Wants Retrial

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Four siblings of Sam DuBose, shot and killed in July 2015 by University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing during a traffic stop, demanded a retrial on Sunday, a day after Tensing’s murder trial ended in a hung jury, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. A sister, Terina DuBose Allen, insisted that Prosecutor Joe Deters re-try Tensing for murder, not manslaughter. Judge Megan Shanahan declared a mistrial against Tensing Saturday morning when jurors, after they deliberated 25 hours, could not reach a unanimous verdict. Jurors voted eight to four in favor of a voluntary manslaughter conviction, Deters said. At least three jurors were willing to find Tensing, a white man, guilty of murder in the killing of DuBose, an unarmed black motorist.

Deters said he would meet with his staff and base his charging decision on the likelihood of the success of a second trial. He said he would not be influenced by outside sources. “We want murder to be the charge and if they are going to drop anything, drop manslaughter,” Allen said, breaking down in tears. “Because Sam deserves justice.”

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