Tensing defense asks judge to clear charges in murder case

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.

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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