Judge recuses herself from new trial in Ohio police shooting

FILE – In this Nov. 10, 2016, file photo, former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing leaves court after the second day of jury deliberations in his murder trial in Cincinnati. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters' widely expected decision to retry Tensing on a murder charge in the traffic-stop shooting of Sam DuBose came with the surprise that he wants to move the next trial out of the Cincinnati area. A judge declared a mistrial Nov. 12 after jurors remained hung after 25 hours of deliberations. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

CINCINNATI (AP) — The judge who presided over the trial a white former University of Cincinnati police officer in the fatal shooting of a black motorist has removed herself from the case after the first trial ended with a hung jury.

Hamilton County Judge Megan Shanahan said Monday a new trial should be conducted “with a blank slate.” The case was randomly assigned to another judge, who will decide all pending matters, including the prosecutor’s plan to move the trial to another jurisdiction.

Prosecutor Joe Deters (DEE’-turs) has said he will retry Ray Tensing on murder and voluntary manslaughter charges in the July 2015 shooting of Sam DuBose, but wants a jury away from intense local attention.

Defense attorney Stewart Mathews is seeking to have Tensing acquitted after the Nov. 12 mistrial.

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