CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters will not be involved in the second trial for a former University of Cincinnati police officer.
Ray Tensing's retrial on a murder and voluntary manslaughter charge is scheduled to begin May 25 - the same month convicted serial killer Anthony Kirkland returns to court for a new sentence hearing.
"It would be impossible for me to adequately prepare for both cases," Deters said in a statement released Friday. "Even though one or both of these cases may be reset, it is important that both of these serious cases have prosecution teams who can devote the time needed to prepare for these retrials."
Chief Assistant Prosecutors Seth Tieger and Stacey DeGraffenreid will handle the Tensing case.
Deters prosecuted Tensing's November trial, which ended with jurors hung on both charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter.
He decided to retry the case, but requested the trial be moved out of Hamilton County. Common Pleas Court Judge Leslie Ghiz has not made a decision on that motion.
Deters' full statement: