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Judge sets murder trial date for former UC cop

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Posted at 8:21 AM, Feb 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-11 09:56:09-05

CINCINNATI -- A judge has scheduled the murder trial of a former University of Cincinnati police officer who shot and killed a black motorist after a traffic stop.

At a Thursday morning hearing, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan set the trial for Ray Tensing for Oct. 24. The pre-trial is set for 8:30 a.m. April 6 and Tensing's presence at pre-trial was waived.

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.