The Latest: Attorneys urge jurors to put aside race

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Posted: Oct 31, 2016 3:58 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest on jury selection for a police shooting murder trial in Ohio (all times local):

3:50 p.m.

Attorneys are urging potential jurors to put aside race, news stories and perceptions of police if they're chosen for the murder trial of a white University of Cincinnati police officer charged with killing an unarmed black man during a traffic stop.

Defense attorney Stewart Mathews says the Ray Tensing case is about the facts, not the color of skin. He emphasizes the now-fired officer is presumed innocent.

Early in the jury questioning, assistant prosecutor Rick Gibson said Tensing admitted in a taped interview with police investigators he purposely killed Sam DuBose (doo-BOHZ'). Mathews objected, and the two sides met with Hamilton County Judge Megan Shanahan in her chambers.

Eighty-five potential jurors from a pool of nearly 200 were summoned Monday for questioning.

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11:30 a.m.

Attorneys have told potential jurors their knowledge of the case isn't a problem as long as they can decide based on evidence if they are selected for the murder trial of a white University of Cincinnati police officer charged with killing an unarmed black man during a traffic stop.

Defense attorney Stewart Mathews has emphasized during questioning that 26-year-old Ray Tensing is presumed innocent. Tensing has pleaded not guilty to murder and voluntary manslaughter in the 2015 shooting of 43-year-old Sam DuBose.

Assistant prosecutor Rick Gibson says jurors must follow the law and make decisions based on the evidence to be presented.

Hamilton County Judge Megan Shanahan assured them their identities will be safeguarded and they wouldn't be impacted by "goings-on" outside the courthouse. The case has attracted demonstrators.

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9:30 a.m.

An Ohio judge has begun questioning potential jurors for the murder trial of a white former University of Cincinnati police officer charged with killing an unarmed black man during a traffic stop.

Hamilton County Judge Megan Shanahan on Monday asked the pool of some 200 prospective jurors for Ray Tensing's trial about possible conflicts they might have if chosen. She expects the trial to end by Nov. 18.

The 26-year-old Tensing has pleaded not guilty to murder and voluntary manslaughter charges in the shooting of 43-year-old Sam DuBose. The University of Cincinnati fired Tensing.

The case has added to increased attention nationally to the treatment of black people by police. Jury selection was beginning Monday in Charleston for the murder trial of a white former South Carolina officer in a black man's shooting.