Jury deadlocks in cop’s murder retrial; judge says try again

The jury in the Ray Tensing retrial is deadlocked.

Judge Leslie Ghiz addressed the jurors Friday morning after they said they could not reach a unanimous verdict.

The jury had been deliberating for more than 27 hours.

Ghiz read the jury a statement commonly referred to as the Allen charge, which instructs jury members to deliberate further after they have reached a deadlock.

The charge encourages jurors to reconsider their positions on the verdict and listen to arguments for the other side.

Watch Ghiz address the jury in the video above.

Jurors in former University of Cincinnati officer Tensing’s retrial resumed deliberations Friday, their fifth day. They 25 hours over four days in the November mistrial.

Everything you should know about the Ray Tensing retrial

The Hamilton County court administrator says the jury asked a question Thursday, and Judge Leslie Ghiz sent an answer after meeting with attorneys in her chambers. The question wasn’t made public.

The 27-year-old Tensing also is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the July 2015 shooting of 43-year-old Sam DuBose. Tensing said he feared for his life when DuBose tried to drive away from a traffic stop over a missing front license plate.

Prosecutors say his body-camera video and other evidence doesn’t support his decision to shoot DuBose in the head at close range.

The case is among several across the country in recent years that have raised attention to how police deal with blacks. It’s also among cases that show the difficulties prosecutors face in gaining convictions against police for on-duty shootings.

A jury last week acquitted a Minnesota officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop. And jurors Wednesday acquitted a black police officer of first-degree reckless homicide in the death of a black Milwaukee man who threw away the gun he was carrying during a brief foot chase after a traffic stop.

Jurors in the Tensing case began deliberations Monday afternoon. They…

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