Graphic Photos Shown to Jury in Murder Trial of Former Cop Ray Tensing in Killing of Samuel DuBose


Graphic coroner photos were shown in court today during the murder trial of a former University of Cincinnati police officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed black man.

The fatal shooting happened in July 2015 after Ray Tensing, then a University of Cincinnati police officer, pulled over driver Sam DuBose near the university campus.

Tensing, 26, lost his job after DuBose’s death and was charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter. He has pleaded not guilty.

Dr. Karen Looman, chief deputy coroner at the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office, testified for the prosecution that DuBose was shot in the head and that the bullet hit his brain stem. Looman said DuBose died instantly.

In court today, Tensing looked down when a photo of DuBose’s entrance wound was shown, ABC affiliate WCPO in Cincinnati reported. When DuBose’s face was shown, WCPO reported that Tensing put his head in his hands and looked away.

Photos from the autopsy depicted a hole on the left side of Dubose’s head, above his ear, where the bullet ripped through his skin and skull bone before severing his brain stem. Looman also presented to the jury a fragment of the bullet that was lodged in his head.

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