Tensing's Murder Trial Set For Nov. 16

Aug 19, 2015

Former UC Police Officer Ray Tensing
Credit Hamilton County Sheriff's Department

Former University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing will face trial on November 16 on a charge of murder.

The murder charge stems from the July 19 shooting death of 43-year-old Samuel DuBose. Tensing, a white man, was patrolling off-campus when he pulled DuBose over on a traffic stop. DuBose was African-American. Tensing is said to have shot DuBose in the head in an altercation.

A Hamilton County grand jury indicted Tensing on July 29, largely on the evidence of a video from a body camera Tensing was wearing.

Tensing is scheduled to be tried in the Hamilton County Common Pleas Courtroom of Judge Megan Shanahan. The judge’s bailiff said the trial date was set in a conference involving the judge and lawyers from both sides Wednesday morning.

Tensing's lawyer, Stew Mathews, said he will try to get a change of venue for the trial but told WVXU he holds out little hope his motion will be granted.

Tensing was fired by UC the day of the indictment. Since then, the university has said that its officers will not make traffic stops off-campus.