Tensing trial delayed over release of questionnaires before court recesses for day

The scene inside Judge Shanahan's courtroom during a longer then expected break in the Ray Tensing murder trial. The former University of Cincinnati police officer is charged with murder of Sam DuBose during a routine traffic stop on July 19, 2015. Tensing's lawyer, Stew Mathews has said Tensing fired a single shot because he feared for his life. (POOL, The Enquirer/ Cara Owsley)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) – Rumors of a possible mistrial surrounded the Hamilton County Courthouse after the jurors refused to return from a break during the Ray Tensing Trial Friday.

Before testimony began, Judge Megan Shanahan told the jurors about a legal effort by the Cincinnati Enquirer to get the jurors questionnaires. In the filing, the Enquirer said it wouldn’t use the jurors' names but wanted more information about the makeup of the jury. Judge Shanahan said the names and other personal information would be redacted from the questionnaires but that may not have been enough to reassure them. An Enquirer reporter is expected to meet with Judge Shanahan.

Some jurors had previously expressed concerns about their identities remaining secret because of the potential volatility of this case.

After more than an hour and a half delay, Judge Shanahan recessed court for the day. She did issue a gag order on lawyers.

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