The Latest: Judge deflects jury query on arrest definition




CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest on deliberations in the murder trial of a white officer in the shooting of an unarmed black man (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

The judge overseeing the murder trial of a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man near the University of Cincinnati has deflected a jury question about the definition of arrest.

Hamilton County Judge Megan Shanahan convened jurors weighing a decision in the case against Ray Tensing after they asked for the definition late Friday afternoon.

Shanahan told jurors they had all the information they needed to reach a verdict and ordered them to resume deliberations.

The question related to conditions under which victim Sam DuBose could have been considered to be evading arrest.

It's the second time Shanahan told the jury to keep working.

Earlier Friday jurors told the judge they couldn't reach a decision on murder or voluntary manslaughter charges against Tensing, who was fired from his job after the shooting.

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12:30 p.m.

Jurors have told a judge they can't reach a decision in the murder trial of a white former police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man near the University of Cincinnati. The judge told them to keep deliberating.

The jury told Hamilton County Judge Megan Shanahan on Friday they couldn't reach a decision on murder or voluntary manslaughter charges against Ray Tensing, who killed 43-year-old motorist Sam DuBose during a traffic stop in July 2015.

Shanahan told jurors they have enough evidence for a decision and to keep working.

Jurors got the case at noontime Wednesday.

The 26-year-old Tensing has said he feared for his life when DuBose tried to drive away.

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9:05 a.m.

Jury deliberations have stretched into a third day in the murder trial of a white former police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man during a traffic stop near the University of Cincinnati.

Hamilton County Judge Megan Shanahan sequestered the jury of 10 whites and two blacks for a second night Thursday. They arrived Friday to resume deliberations.

The judge says jurors requested to review testimony by experts on police use of deadly force. Twenty-six-year-old Ray Tensing has said he feared for his life when 43-year-old Sam DuBose tried to drive away in July 2015.

Authorities, downtown businesses and schools have been monitoring developments closely. Some businesses released employees early Thursday, and at least two schools closed in anticipation of a verdict that could bring strong reactions.

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12:10 a.m.

Jury deliberations will stretch into a third day in the murder trial of a white former police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man during a traffic stop last year near the University of Cincinnati.

Hamilton County Judge Megan Shanahan sequestered the jury of 10 whites and two blacks for a second night Thursday and told them to resume deliberating Friday morning.

The judge says jurors requested to review testimony by experts on police use of deadly force. Twenty-six-year-old Ray Tensing has said he feared for his life when 43-year-old Sam DuBose tried to drive away.

Authorities, downtown businesses and schools have been monitoring developments closely. Some businesses released employees early Thursday and at least two schools closed in anticipation of a verdict that could bring strong reactions.
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