CINCINNATI (AP) — Jury deliberations are stretching into a fourth day in the murder trial of a white former police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man near the University of Cincinnati.
Jurors arrived back at the Hamilton County courthouse Saturday morning, a day after Judge Megan Shanahan told them twice that they had all the information they needed to reach a verdict in the trial of Ray Tensing.
Tensing was fired from the university police force after Sam DuBose’s shooting in July 2015.
The judge’s first instructions Friday came around noon, when jurors told Shanahan they couldn’t come to a unanimous verdict on murder or voluntary manslaughter charges against Tensing, who killed the 43-year-old DuBose near the University of Cincinnati.
The judge advised them to keep working. She didn’t grant a request by Tensing’s attorney to declare a mistrial.
Late in the afternoon, Shanahan briefly convened the jury, then deflected their question about the definition of arrest and again ordered them back to work. The question related to conditions under which DuBose could have been considered to be evading arrest. The judge said it would be inappropriate for her to answer.
The sequestered jury of 10 whites and two blacks got the case at noontime Wednesday.
Tensing, 26, has said he feared for his life when DuBose dragged him with his car while trying to drive away.
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