Tensing jury selection continues into fourth day

Tensing jury selection continues into fourth day

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Jury selection in the Ray Tensing retrial will resume Wednesday with a remaining pool of 86 potential jurors.

Three woman and six men were dismissed Tuesday in jury selection for the former University of Cincinnati police officer's second murder trial.

Attorneys have dismissed potential jurors for several reasons.

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At least one juror had allegedly made a Facebook post that read "convict Ray Tensing." Another had posted to social media about a change.org petition urging Ohio's governor to "ensure Samuel DuBose's death is not in vain." Both were excused.

Some jurors said they could not make a fair decision. Some wrote in their questionnaires that the shooting was justified, others did not believe it was justified.

One man was dismissed after writing on his questionnaire that he believed Tensing should get a medal for his actions.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Leslie Ghiz is asking jurors to be available until the end of June.

Another media lawsuit is pending for access to juror questionnaires.

During Tensing's first trial last fall, some jurors objected when Judge Megan Shanahan told them the media was requesting their questionnaires and information.

This time, attorneys say they want to know before the retrial starts which potential jurors are willing to remain if all their information is made public. About half of the existing jury pool said they would be willing to serve.

Late last month, a higher court blocked Ghiz's sharp restrictions for media because she didn't hold a hearing first to allow attorneys for the media and court to present arguments for and against a more open court.

The judge dismissed her original order, held that hearing Thursday - and then imposed most of the same restrictions.

She said she would released redacted questionnaires after the trial. She maintains the jurors and a fair trial would be jeopardized if the juror names were released now.

Both sides - the prosecution and now the defense - also now want a change of venue.

Ghiz rejected a formal request Friday from Tensing's attorney, Stew Mathews.

He compared proceedings last week to "a resurrection" of the now-closed "Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus."

FOX19 NOW Legal Analyst Clyde Bennett disputed that description, saying the public has a right to know what goes on in that courtroom.

Bennett also predicted the case will remain in Hamilton County.

Tensing, 27, faces charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter in DuBose's death.

He said he shot DuBose as he tried to drive away from a traffic stop because he was in fear for his life.

After the mistrial last fall, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said the jury was leaning toward a lesser conviction.

To convict Tensing of murder, jurors must find he purposely killed DuBose.

The charge carries a possible sentence of 15 years to life in prison.

The voluntary manslaughter charge is killing during a sudden fit of rage and carries a possible sentence of three to 11 years.

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