The Latest: Schools close, city on alert as jury deliberates

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Posted: Nov 10, 2016 12:12 PM
The Latest: Schools close, city on alert as jury deliberates

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

12:10 p.m.

Law enforcement and city officials are on alert and some schools are closing as people in Cincinnati await a verdict in the murder trial of a white former police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man during a traffic stop last year.

Police and emergency response agencies have activated the regional operations center to monitor and share information on the situation as jurors deliberated a second day Thursday in the trial of Ray Tensing, who's charged with killing Sam DuBose in July 2015.

Two Catholic elementary schools closed Thursday, and at least one high school canceled afterschool activities. Archdiocese spokesman Dan Andriacco (an-dree-AH'-koh) says individual schools are taking precautions.

Cincinnati Public Schools' spokeswoman says the district is "in constant communication" with authorities. Its schools are operating normally.

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8:45 a.m.

Deliberations have resumed in the murder trial of a white former police officer who said he feared for his life before fatally shooting an unarmed black man during a traffic stop in Ohio last year.

Hamilton County Judge Megan Shanahan sequestered the jurors Wednesday night after they deliberated for more than four hours.

Prosecutors want them to conclude that now-fired University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing "purposely" killed Sam DuBose. Jurors also have the option of convicting him of voluntary manslaughter, meaning he killed DuBose in a fit of rage or sudden passion after being provoked.

Tensing testified that he feared he was going to be killed as DuBose tried to drive away.

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12:30 a.m.

Jurors are set to resume deliberations in the murder trial of a white former police officer who said he feared for his life before fatally shooting an unarmed black man during a traffic stop in Ohio last year.

Hamilton County Judge Megan Shanahan sequestered the jurors Wednesday night, telling them that they would resume deliberating Thursday morning.

Prosecutors want them to conclude that now-fired University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing "purposely" killed Sam DuBose. Jurors also have the option of convicting him of voluntary manslaughter, meaning he killed DuBose in a fit of rage or sudden passion after being provoked.

Tensing testified that he feared he was going to be killed as DuBose tried to drive away.