Former cop accused of killing black man will be retried

untitledCINCINNATI — A former university police officer accused of killing an unarmed black motorist during a traffic stop will will be retried on murder and voluntary manslaughter charges, Hamilton County’s prosecutor announced Tuesday.

A Hamilton County judge declared a mistrial Nov. 12 on the same charges after a Common Pleas Court jury spent 25 hours in deliberations but could not come to a unanimous decision on either charge.

“After careful consideration, I have decided that the Tensing case will be retried,” county Prosecutor Joe Deters said in a news release. “This decision was made after review of the trial transcript, discussion with some of the jurors, and consultation with my staff. I am hopeful that a second jury will be able to reach a decision to bring justice in this case for the victim’s family and our community.”

In his Tuesday release, Deters said he would be asking for a change of venue, pointing to Cleveland or Columbus as potential destinations for a new trial.



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