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Community waits on Deters' decision for Tensing trial, hopes for retrial

For days, there were protests, people waiting for a verdict. Most of those same people want Ray Tensing to be tried again, since there was a hung jury and a mistrial. (Angela Ingram/WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - For days, there were protests, people waiting for a verdict. Most of those same people want Ray Tensing to be tried again, since there was a hung jury and a mistrial.

On Monday night, at a meeting at New Prospect Baptist Church, many people echoed that sentiment.


"From the beginning I've always said whatever the family wants, that's what we want. We want to be strength to that family. They want a retrial, they want it retried here in Hamilton County," said Bishop Bobby Hilton.

Black ministers met with Prosecutor Joe Deters earlier in the day. They had asked him to make a decision and announce whether he would retry the case by Monday. The ministers have been instrumental in helping keep the peace with protestors.

Attorney Hal Arenstein has been watching the case closely. Arenstein said, "My impressions were that the community itself was demanding another trial."

Arenstein says Deters has a number of options. He could retry the case with the same charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter. He could also go back and reindict the case.

Arenstein said, "I think the first option would be what we call felony murder, which would be committing a felonious assault which then ultimately resulted in the death of Mr. Dubose. That's one option and I think that would've been an easier option for them to present in the first place or to go with reckless homicide."

Sam Dubose's family has said they want Ray Tensing tried for murder and not a lesser charge like voluntary manslaughter or reckless homicide.

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