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.