PRESS RELEASE, 11/22/2016

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces decision to retry Officer Raymond Tensing

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced his decision to retry former University of Cincinnati Police Officer Raymond Tensing (DOB 11-13-89) for the shooting death of Samuel Dubose (DOB 3-12-72) on July 19, 2015.  Tensing was previously indicted on 1 count of Murder (Special Felony) and 1 count of Voluntary Manslaughter (Felony 1).  If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of life in prison.

Tensing was working as a UC Police Officer on July 19, 2015 when he stopped Mr. Dubose’s car for failure to display a front license plate.  Tensing’s contact with Mr. Dubose, captured on former Officer Tensing’s body camera video, resulted in Tensing firing a single shot to Mr. Dubose’s head causing his death.

Tensing’s trial, before Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan, started on November 1, 2016.  Testimony concluded on November 8th.  On November 9th the parties gave their closing arguments and jury deliberations began.  The jury deliberated for approximately 25 hours over the span of 4 days.  On November 12th, Judge Shanahan announced that the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict and declared a mistrial.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “After careful consideration, I have decided that the Tensing case will be retried.  This decision was made after review of the trial transcript, discussion with some of the jurors, and consultation with my staff.  I am hopeful that a second jury will be able to reach a decision to bring justice in this case for the victim’s family and our community.”

The parties are scheduled to appear before Judge Shanahan on November 28th at 9:00 a.m. in room 560 of the Hamilton County Courthouse.