Tensing pays bond, freed from county jail

Attorney: Offers of help poured in from around US

CINCINNATI – Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing has bonded out of jail.

He posted 10 percent of his $1 million bond, according to the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts website.

Maj. Charmaine McGuffey, of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department, said Tensing left the jail at about 6:45 p.m. He'd been under suicide watch during his time behind bars, she said.

People from all over the country offered to help pay the $1 million bond, Tensing's attorney said Thursday.

Tensing pleaded not guilty to murder Thursday morning after he was indicted Wednesday for the shooting death of 43-year-old Sam DuBose. Body camera video shows Tensing shoot DuBose in the head during a July 19 traffic stop in Mount Auburn.

Tensing had to make a mandatory $100,000 surety payment – 10 percent of his $1 million bond – to secure his release until trial.

"Ever since the bond was set, I've received calls from around the country from people wanting to contribute to it," attorney Stew Mathews said. "I think people feel like he's getting railroaded here in Cincinnati. You'd have to be blind not to see that.”

Mathews said he has received calls from across the nation with offers to help Tensing. He did not disclose the number of calls and offers.

The attorney said he wasn't sure if Tensing would accept those offers.

"I'm not prepared to do anything like that, but there are a lot of people who are prepared to help," Mathews told ABC News. "His family is attempting to raise it through family members. I'm not sure where we are with it."

Mathews said after the arraignment that the $1 million bond was unfair for "the nature of the case," but hoped Tensing would bond out soon.

"For a police officer with no prior record who has lived here his entire life and not going to go anywhere, I thought it was excessive," he said.

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Mathews said Tensing is "not doing well" and "feels terrible about" the shooting. He said his client is already facing death threats.

"There have apparently been some serious threats made against my client," he said. "(Tensing) is almost like a zombie. This morning, he asked me several procedural questions, which I answered, and then a minute later, he asks me the same questions like it's not registering. He's kind of in a trance."

Mathews said he is not letting Tensing talk to the media. He said Tensing’s family has also refused all media requests.

Mathews said Tensing “was in fear of his life at the time" of the shooting. He maintained his client was stuck in DuBose's car.

“Mr. DuBose pulled away and his arm was caught in the car and he got dragged.”

A police report stated Tensing said he was “almost run over by the driver” and “was forced to shoot the driver.”

However, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said Wednesday that Tensing’s claim was a lie and that Tensing had fallen backward after shooting DuBose in the head.

“This is the most asinine act I’ve ever seen a police officer make,” Deters said. “It was unwarranted."

Mathews said there are "two sides" to the case and that the much-viewed video of the traffic-stop shooting can be interpreted differently than the prosecutor's version.

"The case will be tried and decided in a court,” he said.

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