Ohio

The Latest: Attorney says cop was in "sheer terror"

The Latest on the trial of a white former police officer charged with murder following the shooting of an unarmed black man in a traffic stop (all times local):

10:45 a.m.

The attorney for a white former police officer says he was in "sheer terror" when he fatally shot an unarmed black motorist during a traffic stop in Ohio.

Stewart Mathews told Hamilton County jurors in his closing argument Wednesday that prosecutors failed to prove University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing purposely killed Sam DuBose as required to convict him for murder. He says they also didn't prove Tensing acted in a fit of rage or sudden passion when he shot DuBose, as required to convict him of voluntary manslaughter.

The 26-year-old Tensing testified Tuesday he feared for his life when the 43-year-old DuBose tried to drive away. Prosecutors say the evidence disproves his claim.

After closing arguments, Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan will give jury instructions.

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9:45 a.m.

Closing arguments are underway in the case of a white former police officer on trial for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorist during a traffic stop in Ohio.

The University of Cincinnati fired Ray Tensing after his indictment on murder and voluntary manslaughter charges in the July 2015 death of Sam DuBose.

Jurors began hearing testimony Nov. 1.

The defense rested Tuesday after Tensing testified he feared for his life during the traffic stop.

An expert defense witness testified that an analysis of Tensing's body cam video shows the officer was justified in fearing for his life because his body was "violently twisted" during the confrontation.

A prosecution witness earlier used an analysis of the same video to contradict the officer's statement he was being dragged by DuBose's vehicle.

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12:00 a.m.

Closing arguments are scheduled for Wednesday in the case of a white former police officer on trial for fatally shooting an unarmed black man during a traffic stop in Ohio.

The University of Cincinnati fired Ray Tensing after his indictment on charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter in the July 2015 death of Sam DuBose.

The defense rested Tuesday following testimony by Tensing that he feared for his life during the traffic stop.

An expert defense witness testified that a frame-by-frame analysis of Tensing's body camera video shows the officer was justified in fearing for his life because his body was "violently twisted" during the confrontation.

A prosecution witness last week used an analysis of the same video to contradict the former officer's statement that he was being dragged by DuBose's vehicle.