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New prosecution team for Tensing retrial

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters says a different prosecution team will be involved in the retrial of Ray Tensing in May.

Deters, Mark Piepmeier and Rick Gibson prosecuted Tensing in the first trial, which ended with a hung jury. Seth Tieger and Stacey DeGraffenreid will take over the retrial of Tensing for the death of Sam DuBose.

Deters says he, Piepmeier and Gibson will be involved with the Anthony Kirkland resentencing. The entire case will basically be presented so that a jury can have all the facts to resentence him.

Kirkland was given a death sentence for the murders of 14-year-old Casonya Crawford in 2006 and the 2009 killing of 13-year-old SCPA student Esme Kenney. Before his trial began, he pleaded guilty to killing two other women. He had previously served a 16-year sentence for killing his girlfriend.

In May of 2016, the Ohio Supreme Court said Kirkland should get a new sentencing hearing. The decision stems from a Florida court ruling that changed some of the sentencing procedures.

Deters released a statement:

“Both the Tensing and Anthony Kirkland retrials are set in May 2017 and it would be impossible for me to adequately prepare for both cases. Even though one or both of these cases may be reset, it is important that both of these serious cases have prosecution teams who can devote the time needed to prepare for these retrials. Mr. Piepmeier, Mr. Gibson and I will handle serial killer Anthony Kirkland’s case and veteran prosecutors Seth Tieger and Stacey DeGraffenreid are now assigned to the Tensing case. Seth and Stacey will bring a fresh set of eyes to the case and will have the time necessary to prepare for the retrial. This was a hard decision for me, as I feel strongly about prosecuting the Tensing case myself, but it is crucial that both cases have prosecutors assigned who can properly prepare.”

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