Ex-cop testifies in retrial over 2015 shooting

Ex-cop testifies in retrial over 2015 shooting”

Former University of Cincinnati police officer Raymond Tensing, left, listens to James Scanlon, (not seen) testify during his retrial Friday, June 16, 2017, at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati.

Jurors deadlocked last November in Tensing's first trial on the murder and voluntary manslaughter charges that he is facing again. The former University of Cincinnati police officer, charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter, has said he thought DuBose was trying to kill him with his auto, prompting Tensing to open fire to stop the threat.

James Scanlon, use of force expert, testifies during Former University of Cincinnati police officer Raymond Tensing's retrial Friday, June 16, 2017, at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati.

Edward Lattyak, firearms expert with the Hamilton County coroner's office, shows Sam DuBose's red hat with a bullet hole, during the retrial of former University of Cincinnati police officer Raymond Tensing, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati.

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Ray Tensing frequently paused to wipe away tears during his testimony at the retrial over his shooting of Samuel DuBose following a traffic stop. Former University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing, second from left, watches as his attorney Stewart Mathews, right, speaks during testimony in Tensing's retrial Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in the Hami.

The defense will begin Thursday, with Tensing expected to testify later.

Officer Ray Tensing, 27, shot once, hitting 43-year-old Samuel DuBose in the head after stopping him for a missing front license plate on his vehicle in July 2015, a body camera that was worn by the office showed.

To convict Tensing of murder, jurors must decide that he purposely killed DuBose, 43. The voluntary manslaughter charge means the killing happened during sudden passion or a fit of rage. But she agreed to reconsider the request before the jury begins deliberations. He said it was his opinion that Tensing was being "dragged" and that Tensing's actions were reasonable and justified. He said Tensing is not a racist and if DuBose had cooperated during the stop he would not be dead.

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