Jury questioning reveals clues to Ray Tensing defense


CINCINNATI, Ohio (WLWT) – Questions posed to prospective jurors Monday revealed more clues about what to expect during the murder trial of a former officer who shot an unarmed black man during a traffic stop.

A missing front license plate was not the “primary reason” that former University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing initiated a traffic stop on Sam Dubose, defense attorney Stew Matthews told the jury.

In an independent review of the shooting performed by Kroll Inc. in the weeks following the shooting, Tensing told investigators that he ran the license plate number after noticing the front plate was missing and found that it was registered to a woman with a suspended license. Then, he initiated a traffic stop.

Tensing’s statement to Kroll does not indicate whether the missing license plate, the suspended license or some other factor was the “primary” reason for the stop.

Attorneys also mentioned that the jury would be visiting the site of the shooting at the beginning of the trial, and that Tensing would take the stand in his own defense. “He wants to testify because he wants to tell you what happened,” Matthews said.

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