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Tensing Retrial Deliberations Continue

Cara Owsley
Empty jury seats in the courtroom of Hamilton County Judge Leslie Ghiz.

Jurors in the retrial of Ray Tensing spent a full day deliberating Tuesday. They'll resume discussions Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, the local police union president is responding to assistant prosecutor Seth Tieger's comments during closing arguments Monday. Teiger read several exchanges from Tensing's police interview where Cincinnati Sgt. Shannon Heine apologized for the process and called it a formality.

"Was this the good ol' boy network kicking in?" Tieger asked. "Is this how they would have treated anybody else other than an officer?"

Tieger was seeking to undercut Heine's testimony from the second day of the retrial. Heine, a prosecution witness, said during cross examination she thought Tensing was justified in shooting Sam DuBose.

"Based on my time and training with internal investigations," she testified, "I thought I was looking at an officer-involved shooting where his actions may be determined to be justified based on the events surrounding the actual shooting and taking into consideration the information about the prior conduct of Mr. DuBose and Officer Tensing."

The prosecution objected to Heine's statement, both as she was about to make it and again after. The judge overruled their objections and let the statement stand.

F.O.P. President Dan Hils defended Heine's integrity on Facebook Tuesday. He called Teiger's statements "reckless" and "a bridge too far." 

"The Prosecutor’s statement feeds into radicals who wish other people to believe the system is unfair and unjust," Hils wrote.

He added he prays Tieger's comments won't put officers at risk once a verdict is announced.

Jury Instructions in Tensing Retrial by WVXU News on Scribd