2 UCPD officers testify in Tensing trial they heard tires squealing before gunshot

2 UCPD officers testify in Tensing trial they heard tires squealing before gunshot
Tensing enters court Tuesday. (Cincinnati Enquirer)
Tensing enters court Tuesday. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Two University of Cincinnati police officers testified in the Ray Tensing murder trial Wednesday they heard Samuel DuBose's tires squealing and then a gunshot.

The testimony of Officer David Lindenschmidt and Officer Philip Kidd contradicts the prosecution's version of events: that Tensing shot DuBose before DuBose's car sped away from the July 2015 traffic stop.

Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Rick Gibson asked Kidd if an officer would be justified in shooting a person driving away from a traffic stop.

"No," Kidd responded.

Both Kidd and Lindenschmidt testified they did not see Tensing being dragged.

As testimony began Wednesday, jurors also got their first look at video from the body camera Tensing wore when he shot DuBose.

The prosecution played the video shortly after UCPD Lt. Tim Barge took the stand.

One juror whipped out a tissue, but she did not use it and sat back in her chair. The rest of the jurors sat and watched, expressionless.

Kidd and Lindenschmidt were wearing body cameras when they responded to the Mt. Auburn traffic stop on July 19, 2015.

The defense is hoping the officers will prove to the jury that DuBose began driving off before Tensing fired the fatal shot.

The prosecution is looking to show the contrary, that the shot was fired first and a post-mortem reflex likely caused DuBose's foot to hit the accelerator.

Both the prosecution and defense laid out their arguments in opening statements Tuesday after jurors took a morning trip to the shooting scene.

Prosecutor Joe Deters said body camera video of the traffic stop shows Tensing reaching for his gun as DuBose restarted his car.

"What Tensing did next was not legitimate. It was murder," Deters told the jurors. "It was totally contrary to the training he had received. It was totally contrary to rules and regulations of the University of Cincinnati Police Department. It was totally contrary to laws in this country concerning a justified shooting. And it was totally contrary to the oath he had taken as a police officer."

But Tensing's attorney, Stew Mathews, said Tensing was acting in self-defense as he DuBose sped off and accelerated.

"What he did was draw his weapon and fired to stop the threat and try to save his own life," Mathews said.

Tensing, 26, has pleaded not guilty and remains free after posting 10 percent, or $100,085, of his $1 million bond.

If convicted of voluntary manslaughter or murder, he could face anywhere from three years to life in prison.

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