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Prosecution video expert: Tensing not being dragged when shot fired

Tensing in court Monday (Cincinnati Enquirer) Tensing in court Monday (Cincinnati Enquirer)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Ray Tensing was not being dragged by Samuel DuBose's car when the former University of Cincinnati police officer fired the shot that killed him, the prosecution's star witness, a video forensics expert, testified Monday.

Grant Fredericks, who testified in the first trial, provided frame-by-frame analysis of Tensing's body cam video for the jury.

He told the jury Tensing's body camera footage doesn't match his story that he was being dragged by DuBose's car. Tensing has said he fired his gun because he feared for his life.

Fredericks said Tensing's body camera footage shows DuBose's Honda Accord slightly moved forward milliseconds before Tensing fired the shot. He also said Tensing pointed his gun at DuBose's head before the car  moved.

Fredericks is a nationally recognized forensics video expert who has been processing video evidence for criminal and civil investigations for 30 years. He is a certified forensics video analyst and contract instructor with the FBI National Academy.

Fredericks is expected to continue testifying Tuesday. Jurors also are scheduled to hear from the prosecution's police use of force expert, Scot Haug.

After court, Tensing's mother and DuBose's mother embraced.

It is at least the second known time they have comforted each other after court.

The first known time, Tensing's mother approached Audrey DuBose back on June 1, telling her "I"m so sorry for your loss. I'm so sorry."

They exchanged a few more words and DuBose's mother told her: "Thank you."

In other testimony Monday, jurors also heard from:

  • UC Police Officer David Lindenschmidt. Lindenschmidt and two other UC officers responded to the scene.

As they arrived, Lindenschmidt told jurors he couldn't see DuBose's Honda Accord. He said there's no question in his mind he heard squealing tires before a gunshot.

The jury also watched Lindenschmidt's body camera footage.

  • Cincinnati police criminalist Jimmy Pham took the stand next.

Pham said he and other criminalists walked through the shooting scene to determine the size and scope of the investigation. 

He explained the evidence he collected at the scene including a gin bottle filled with air freshener, a flashlight and DuBose's red hat.

Evidence photos also were displayed.

Monday's testimony follows several witnesses last week including a witness for the prosecution whose remarks turned into "a gift from heaven" for Tensing's defense, according to to FOX19 NOW legal analyst Mike Allen.

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