A third murder trial? Prosecutor to announce decision in Ray Tensing case tomorrow

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters (Courtesy: WLWT)

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WLWT) – Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters will announce his decision on the Ray Tensing case on Tuesday, his office announced.

A press conference is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office.

A mistrial has been declared twice in the murder and voluntary manslaughter case of Tensing, who was a University of Cincinnati police officer when he shot DuBose during a 2015 traffic stop.

Deters is expected to announce whether or not he will try Tensing for a third time.

Whether there will be a third murder trial for Tensing, a former University of Cincinnati police officer, is Deters’ call to make. He has until July 24 to decide how to proceed with the case against Tensing.

Whatever the prosecutor decides, people who want to see a third trial are doing all they can to make their voices heard.

Protesters gathered outside of Deters’ office in recent weeks, demanding a third trial.

“This is our fight, black, white, poor,” protester Hali Greene said. “We all need to be in this together.”

While he understands passions are high on both sides, former Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Norbert Nadel believes a resolution, either for or against Tensing, may be impossible to come by.

“No matter where you try this case, I don’t think the result is going to be any different,” Nadel said. “This is one of those cases where there’s three possibilities – it’s guilty, it’s not guilty, or we can’t agree. This is one of those cases where they can’t agree.”

Nadel knows Deters has critics who feel the prosecutor overreached on the murder charge against Tensing, arguing Deters should have charged Tensing with reckless homicide, a lower-level felony.

“Those are Monday morning quarterbacks,” Nadel said. “Joe did what he thought was the right thing to do. It took a lot of courage to indict a police officer. It really did. And I don’t buy what the Monday morning quarterbacks are saying.”

The prospect of there not being a third trial doesn’t sit well with protest groups, like the Countdown to Conviction Coalition. But at this point, no one, except perhaps Joe Deters himself, knows what the next step in the case will be.

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