CINCINNATI — A University of Cincinnati police officer was indicted Wednesday on a murder chargefor fatally shooting a motorist during a traffic stop 10 days ago, but his lawyer called such a severe charge “absolutely unwarranted.”
It’s the first time a police officer in Cincinnati has been charged with murder for killing someone while on duty. Ray Tensing, 25, faces 15 years to life in prison if he’s convicted, and the university’s police chief decided to dismiss Tensing from the force immediately.
“Murder is the purposeful killing of another,” said Tensing’s lawyer, Stewart Mathews. “There wasn’t any purpose to kill this fella.”
He said he had expected his client to be indicted but on lesser charges in the death of Samuel DuBose, 43, of Cincinnati.
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