First witnesses take the stand in Tensing retrial

Posted at 5:38 AM, Jun 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-08 13:39:03-04

CINCINNATI -- The first witnesses for the prosecution took the stand Thursday, on the first day of the Ray Tensing retrial.

Lt. Tim Barge and Officer Phillip Kidd testified Thursday; Officer David Lindenschmidt and civilian eyewitness Alicia Napier will likely testify Friday, Ghiz said.

The defense and prosecution delivered opening statements Thursday morning. Stacey DeGraffenreid delivered the opening statement for the prosecution; Stew Mathews opened for the defense. Watch the videos below.


Barge, a UCPD lieutenant, was the first witness called to testify. Barge explained the use of body-worn cameras within the UC police department. The prosecution then introduced Tensing's bodycam footage and played it in court.

Lindenschmidt and Kidd were responding officers on the day Tensing shot and killed Sam DuBose. Tensing stopped DuBose, a motorist, for a missing front license plate on July 19, 2015. In the first trial, both officers said they didn't see DuBose's car drag Tensing.

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Napier was in her car on Thill Street in Mount Auburn when the shooting occurred.

Ghiz seated a jury Wednesday after three days of questioning. The jury is made up of seven white women, two white men, one black man and two black women. Two white men, one white woman and one black woman are alternates.

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