Unable to reach a consensus in the retrial of a white University of Cincinnati police officer who shot and killed 43-year-old Sam DuBose in July 2015, Judge Leslie Ghiz declared a mistrial in the case on Friday, according to CBS News. This development comes after the Hamilton County jury informed Judge Ghiz earlier on Friday that they weren't able to reach a verdict in the retrial of Officer Ray Tensing, to which Ghiz ordered them to try again.
WATCH | Judge Ghiz declares a mistrial for the second time in case against former officer Tensing.
The first trial against 27-year-old Tensing ended in a mistrial after the jury deliberated 25 hours over the course of four days in November.
It's not immediately clear if prosecutors intend to try a case for the third time,
The fatal shooting unfolded on July 19, 2015, after Tensing pulled over DuBose, an unarmed black motorist, for a missing front plate license. Tensing shot DuBose in the head, claiming in his first trial that he feared he could be dragged or run over as DuBose tried to drive away.
"I meant to stop the threat," he told jurors last week. "I didn't shoot to kill him. I didn't shoot to wound him. I shot to stop his actions."
Prosecutors, however, attempted to downplay his testimony by hiring an expert who conducted a frame-by-frame analysis of the police officer's body camera footage showing that Tensing was not being dragged by the car.
Following the indictment, the University of Cincinnati fired the 27-year-old in addition to restructuring its public safety department and making other police reforms. The university reached a $5.3 million settlement with DuBose's family, including free undergraduate tuition for each of DuBose's 13 children.