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Jurors unable to reach unanimous verdict in Ray Tensing murder trial, judge declares mistrial

Posted at 10:25 AM, Nov 12, 2016

CINCINNATI -- The Ray Tensing murder trial has ended in a hung jury, meaning jurors were unable to reach a unanimous verdict in the case. 

Jury deliberations began Wednesday after six days of testimony and a single day of closing arguments from the defense and prosecution.


Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters argued the prosecution's frame-by-frame analysis of Tensing's body camera video proved – beyond a reasonable doubt – that Tensing wasn't being dragged and had nothing to fear from Sam DuBose that would justify shooting him.

Defense attorney Stew Mathews argued the prosecution entered the subject of race in the case because "when you don't have a good case, you create a smokescreen." Mathews said Deters was trying to paint Tensing as a racist by questioning him about his record of giving the highest number of citations on the UC force – with more than 82 percent to black motorists. He also questioned why the prosecution submitted Tensing's T-shirt with a Confederate flag emblem into evidence.

A grand jury indicted Tensing last year on charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter.

The jury -- comprised of two black people and 10 white people -- was unable to agree on a verdict for either charge.