Tensing's Attorney Files Change Of Venue Request

Aug 26, 2015

Former UC officer Ray Tensing during his arraignment last month.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

The attorney for the former University of Cincinnati police officer accused of murder in the death of Sam DuBose has officially filed for a change of venue.

Ray Tensing's attorney Stew Mathews says the prejudice against his client is so great that he cannot get a fair trial in Hamilton County. Mathews says the indictment airing on live television, along with inflammatory and prejudicial remarks by County Prosecutor Joe Deters may have galvanized potential jurors.

Mathews says other city leaders such as the city manager, mayor, and chief of police have also called his client a murderer and suggested there could be riots if he isn't convicted. Mathews says that's created a "cloud of doom" over every potential juror.

Mathews told WVXU last week that he would be filing the change of venue request, though he said he holds out little hope it will be granted.

Tensing's trial is set for November 16. He's accused of murder after shooting DuBose during a traffic stop near UC's campus in July.