Judge recuses herself from Ray Tensing retrial

Sheriff deputies stand guard behind the defense table with Ray Tensing, center right, seated as they wait for Judge Megan Shanahan, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 in Cincinnati. Shanahan has declared a mistrial after the jury said it was deadlocked in the case of Tensing, a former police officer charged with murder in the fatal traffic stop shooting of an unarmed black motorist. (Cara Owsley/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WLWT) — Hamilton County Judge Megan Shanahan recused herself from hearing the retrial of a former University of Cincinnati officer who shot an unarmed motorist during a traffic stop.

Ray Tensing’s first trial in the fatal shooting of Sam DuBose ended in a hung jury.

Shanahan said that a retrial should start with a “blank slate” and requested that a new judge be chosen. Court administrators assigned Judge Tom Heekin to the retrial.

Prosecutor Joe Deters has said he plans to retry Tensing on the same charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter in the July 2015 shooting of Sam DuBose.

Deters also said he wants the trial moved to another county, for a jury that won’t be pressured by intense local attention.

Defense attorney Stewart Mathews has asked the judge to acquit Tensing. He has said he’s leaning toward opposing a change of venue.

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