Ray Tensing jury might have verdict today

Posted at 4:20 PM, Nov 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-10 11:44:14-05

CINCINNATI -- The jury in the Ray Tensing's murder trial could be close to a verdict after resuming deliberations Thursday morning. 

Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Megan Shannan sequestered the jury overnight after they failed to reach a verdict Wednesday. 

The jury deliberated about four hours Wednesday after receiving closing arguments just before noon.

WATCH the closing arguments one by one in the video player above.

The judge ordered jurors to bring an overnight bag to the courthouse Wednesday morning just in case. 

Deliberations resumed about 8:45 a.m. Thursday.

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Tensing, 26, a former University of Cincinnati police officer, is charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a Samuel Dubose during a July 19, 2015, traffic stop off-campus. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. 

Hundreds rallied and protested in Cincinnati after Tensing was indicted on the charges. The death of Dubose is one of the several incidents involving white officers and people of color and has been the focus of nationwide protests against police brutality. 

Officials have opened the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Regional Emergency Operations Center, signaling the city is preparing for possible demonstrations following the verdict. It is typically used for emergencies and natural disasters.

There have been small, peaceful demonstrations outside the courthouse each day since jury selection began two weeks ago. They usually involved fewer than a dozen people.

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