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Tensing defense asks judge to clear charges in murder case

Tensing and Mathews in court for the ex-cop's second murder trial. (Pool/Enquirer) Tensing and Mathews in court for the ex-cop's second murder trial. (Pool/Enquirer)
CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

Ray Tensing’s lawyer is asking the judge to clear all charges against the former University of Cincinnati Police officer.

The motion to acquit comes just days after a judge declared a mistrial in Tensing’s second murder trial. Jurors were deadlocked in deciding the charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter.

The evidence presented in the trial couldn't convince even a majority of the jurors, Defense Attorney Stew Mathews writes in the motion to Judge Leslie Ghiz.

Jurors voted 8 to 4 not guilty of murder and 7 to 5 not guilty of manslaughter, sources tell FOX19 NOW. 

Mathews asks the court to "give deference to the vote of the jury" by acquitting Tensing of all charges. 

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The motion reads in-part:

"The evidence elicited during the trial regarding Count One-Murder was insufficient to convince even a majority of the jurors beyond reasonable doubt of the truth of the charge. Additionally, defendant emphasizes the total lack of evidence to support Count Two of the indictment-Voluntary Manslaughter."

Ghiz has not responded to the motion. 

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