Tensing retrial set for May in Hamilton County
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The date for the Ray Tensing retrial was set for May 25, 2017. New judge Leslie Ghiz said the case will proceed in Hamilton County. "We are anticipating this will take place in Hamilton county, it is the objective of this court to see that it does, that we can seat a jury here and proceed here."
Tensing is charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter for the shooting death of Sam DuBose during a traffic stop in July of 2015. His first trial ended in a mistrial with a hung jury.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said he would retry Tensing. The former U.C. officer did not have to attend the hearing Monday.
The hearing on December 12 was the first with Judge Leslie Ghiz. Judge Megan Shanahan stepped down after the mistrial, saying the case needed a fresh perspective. Two other judges were assigned and then recused themselves.
The prosecution had requested a change of venue after some jury members expressed concern about their safety. Deters feared he wouldn't be able to find an impartial jury in Hamilton County. Judge Ghiz said specifically that the case would proceed in the county.
"The change of venue is always an issue but we have to try to seat a jury," said defense attorney Stew Mathews, "If we are successful in doing that then the change of venue doesn't become an issue. But if we get people in here that say they can't be fair and impartial, then the change of venue comes to the forefront.