Testimony begins in trial of ex-officer in man's death

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Posted: Nov 02, 2016 3:30 PM
Testimony begins in trial of ex-officer in man's death

CINCINNATI (AP) — Two University of Cincinnati police officers have testified in the murder trial of a former officer, saying that in 2015 when he was working a traffic stop they heard "squealing tires" before he fired his gun, killing a black man.

The two officers gave the same description Wednesday as testimony began in the trial of since-fired officer Ray Tensing. But a witness who was near the traffic stop says that she didn't see a vehicle move until after the shot.

Defense attorney Stewart Mathews contends Tensing felt his life was threatened as 43-year-old Sam DuBose tried to speed away, using his car as "a weapon."

Prosecutor Joe Deters (DEE'-turs) says Tensing was lying when he said he was in danger of being dragged to death.

Tensing has pleaded not guilty.