Jury deliberates fatal Cincinnati cop shooting case

Ray Tensing walks into court on the day of closing arguments in his trial, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in Cincinnati. The former University of Cincinnati police officer is charged with murdering Sam DuBose while on duty during a routine traffic stop on July 19, 2015. (Cara Owsley/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP, Pool)

CINCINNATI (AP/WDTN) — The case of the former University of Cincinnati police officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed black motorist during a traffic stop in Cincinnati is now in the hands of the jury.

The case was turned over to the jury Wednesday.

The attorney for Ray Tensing says he was in “sheer terror” when he fatally shot Samuel DuBose.

Stewart Mathews told Hamilton County jurors in his closing argument Wednesday that prosecutors failed to prove Tensing purposely killed DuBose as required to convict him for murder. He says they also didn’t prove Tensing acted in a fit of rage or sudden passion when he shot DuBose, as required to convict him of voluntary manslaughter.

The 26-year-old Tensing testified Tuesday he feared for his life when the 43-year-old DuBose tried to drive away. Prosecutors say the evidence disproves his claim.

After closing arguments, Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan will give jury instructions.

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