Tensing Trial Jury Is Set

Oct 31, 2016

Jury selection is complete for the murder trial of Ray Tensing. Four white women, two African-American women, and six white men compose the jury. Four alternates were also seated.

The trial will start Tuesday with the jury going to the scene of the incident followed by opening statements back at the courthouse.

Jury selection came to a 45 minute halt Monday shortly after prosecutor Rick Gibson stated Ray Tensing told police he purposely caused the death of Sam DuBose.

Tensing is the former UC police officer on trial for murder in the shooting death of DuBose in July, 2015.

Tensing's attorney objected and Judge Megan Shanahan instructed the sides to stay away from evidence.

The sides were scheduled to question some 200 potential jurors to see if they could set aside opinions and make a fair judgment based on evidence and what happens in the courtroom. Forty-five people were summoned Monday. 

Jurors were asked if they knew anyone associated with the trial or if they knew any of the potential witnesses that may be called to testify. Individual jurors answered specific questions based on their answers on a 25-page questionnaire they filled out last week.

Tensing was in the courtroom for questioning and took copious notes.

Members of Black Lives Matter and faith groups rallied outside the courthouse Monday morning. Many carried signs calling for justice for Sam DuBose.