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Tensing Trial Date Could Be Set In December

Tana Weingartner

No trial date was set Monday during a pretrial hearing for former U.C. police officer Ray Tensing. Tensing is accused of murder in the shooting death of motorist Sam DuBose in July.

Attorneys for Hamilton County and Tensing told Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan the discovery phase of trial planning is ongoing. Both sides assured the judge they were cooperating with one another.

Hamilton County Assistant Prosecutor Mark Piepmeier said the prosecution is still waiting on some reports from experts and will provide those to the defense once they have them. He thought the reports would be in within a month.

Both sides will meet with the judge for another pretrial hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015.

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.

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