The Latest: Defense: Man used car as weapon against officer

CINCINNATI (AP) " The Latest in the trial of a white University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder following the shooting of an unarmed black man in a traffic stop (all times local):

1 p.m.

The attorney for a white police officer charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a black man at a traffic stop says the slain man was using his vehicle as a weapon that threatened the officer's life.

Attorney Stewart Mathews has told jurors that University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing's body was being twisted and he was going down as Sam DuBose "mashed" the accelerator and tried to drive away with tires squealing. He says Tensing's actions were justified to save his own life or avoid serious injury.

Mathews also told jurors in his opening statement Tuesday that DuBose had enough marijuana in his car to face a felony conviction.

Earlier, the lead prosecutor said the shooting went against police training and was a murder.

The court session ended for the day shortly after Matthews' opening statement.

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12:20 p.m.

The prosecutor in the trial of a white University of Cincinnati police officer has told jurors that his fatal shooting of an unarmed black man went against police training and was a murder.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters (DEE'-turs) says 26-year-old Ray Tensing acted contrary to his training, contrary to the oath he took as a police officer, and contrary to the law on justified shootings. Deters also told jurors that Tensing lied about what happened when claiming he feared for his life from being dragged by Sam DuBose's car as the 43-year-old man tried to drive away from the traffic stop.

Deters began opening statements Tuesday after jurors made a short visit to the scene of the July 2015 shooting.

Tensing has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter. He was fired by the university after his indictment.

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10:30 a.m.

An Ohio jury is on its way to view the scene of a 2015 fatal police shooting as a white former officer's murder trial is underway.

Hamilton County Judge Megan Shanahan has instructed jurors not to consider what they see to be evidence. She says conditions might have changed at the spot where Sam DuBose was killed, after a traffic stop near the University of Cincinnati campus.

Shanahan says their trip's purpose is to help them understand the evidence as it is presented in the courtroom.

The jurors who were selected Monday are going by bus, with opening statements to begin back in the courtroom afterward in the trial of 26-year-old Ray Tensing.

Shanahan rejected a defense motion Tuesday to move the trial out of Hamilton County.

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9 a.m.

Civil rights activists are criticizing the racial makeup of the jury seated for the murder trial of a white University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man.

The Black Lives Matter: Cincinnati group posted a message on its Facebook page stating that the jury seated shows a justice system that "continues to refuse to recognize the prejudices and racism" in existence. Members of the group plan to keep up demonstrations outside the Hamilton County courthouse during Ray Tensing's trial.

Two blacks, both women, were seated Monday for the 12-person jury that has six white men and four white women. Four white females were selected as the alternates. The 2010 U.S. Census put Cincinnati's black population at nearly 45 percent of the city's total.

The since-fired officer has pleaded not guilty to murder and voluntary manslaughter counts in the 2015 shooting of Sam DuBose.

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8:30 a.m.

Jurors in the murder trial of a white University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man during a traffic stop will visit the street near campus where the shooting took place.

After they visit the scene on Tuesday morning, opening statements will begin in the murder trial of 26-year-old Ray Tensing. He is charged in the 2015 death of Sam DuBose, 43, who was stopped for a missing front license plate.

A jury of two black women, four white women and six white men was seated on Monday. Four white women were added as alternate jurors after a day of questioning by attorneys who urged jury candidates to put aside race, news stories and police perceptions for the case of the now-fired officer.

Hamilton County Judge Megan Shanahan told jurors to avoid news media coverage of the trial and to stay off social media and the internet.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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