Ohio Judge to Set Trial Date for Former Campus Cop

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CINCINNATI (AP) – A judge in southwest Ohio is ready to schedule the murder trial of a former University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot a black motorist after a traffic stop.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan set a hearing Thursday morning in the case of Ray Tensing. There have been earlier delays because of time needed for pretrial evidence exchanges between the two sides.

Attorney Stewart Mathews has said Tensing feared being dragged under the car as motorist Samuel DuBose tried to drive away. Mathews has requested that the trial be moved out of Hamilton County.

The university fired Tensing and restructured its public safety leadership. UC and DuBose’s family recently reached a $5.3 million settlement.

The case came amid increased attention nationally to how police treat blacks.