Homicide

Prosecutor in case of man fatally shot by University of Cincinnati cop criticized for comments

In this undated photo provided by the DuBose family, Samuel DuBose poses for a photo. DuBose was shot and killed by former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing during a traffic stop on July 19. Tensing has been indicted on a murder charge. (Courtesy of DuBose family via AP)

In this undated photo provided by the DuBose family, Samuel DuBose poses for a photo. DuBose was shot and killed by former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing during a traffic stop on July 19. Tensing has been indicted on a murder charge. (Courtesy of DuBose family via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The prosecutor overseeing the murder case against a University of Cincinnati police officer has expressed personal outrage over the shooting.

Some say Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters' scathing comments before trial could jeopardize the officer's right to a fair trial.

Deters says the shooting of motorist Samuel DuBose in a "chicken crap" stop over a missing front license plate was "asinine," and "without question a murder." He also said the university shouldn't be in the policing business at all.

The prosecutor said he thinks now-fired Officer Ray Tensing lost his temper because DuBose wouldn't get out of the car.

Tensing pleaded not guilty to murder and voluntary manslaughter charges.

Some say Deters' comments could make it hard to find jurors without preconceived opinions.