Update 12:25 p.m.: The jury in the murder trial of a former University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter could not reach a unanimous decision on either charge and was ordered to deliberate further.
The jury of six men and six women notified Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan Friday that they could not reach a decision. Shanahan instructed jurors to reexamine their views.
Ray Tensing, 26, was charged last year with murder and voluntary manslaughter in the July 2015 shooting death of Sam DuBose as he tried to drive away from a traffic stop for not having a front license plate.
Jurors began deliberating Wednesday afternoon in the trial, which began last week with opening statements. Defense attorney Stew Mathews objected to the judge's order for further deliberation. Shanahan told Mathews the order was necessary in cases such as this one.
Previous reporting: Jurors considering the murder charge against former University of Cincinnati police office Ray Tensing are set to begin their third day of deliberations Friday.
After closing arguments Wednesday in the case where Tensing is charged with murder for fatally shooting Sam DuBose during a traffic stop in Mount Auburn last year, jurors have spent about 12 hours over two days deliberating.
Thursday brought a series of questions, though they were asked and answered behind closed doors. Judge Megan Shanahan said that was done because the questions would have revealed "the status and nature" of their deliberations. Shanahan did read one question in open court: Jurors asked that testimony from use of force experts called by both sides be read to them. That was expected to happen Friday morning.
The jury is sequestered, and spent Thursday night, their second, at a hotel. The courthouse is closed Friday for Veterans Day, but the Tensing jury will continue work.
The DuBose family spent some time at the courthouse Thursday, sitting in the overflow room.
The case comes down to whether Tensing was in fear for his life when he shot DuBose. The shooting was recorded on Tensing's body camera, but both sides offered differing versions of what happened. The defense argues Tensing was dragged and in fear for his life. The prosecution has called Tensing's claims "nonsensical."