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Jury Seated For Police Traffic-Stop Murder Trial

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A jury has been seated for the murder trial of a white University of Cincinnati police officer charged in the shooting of an unarmed black man during a traffic stop.

Two black women will serve with four white women and six white men.

A Hamilton County judge set opening statements to begin Tuesday in the trial of now-fired officer Ray Tensing.

Attorneys had questioned potential jurors Monday after reviewing lengthy questionnaires filled out last week on their knowledge and feelings about the case and related matters. The attorneys had urged them to put aside race, news stories and perceptions about police if selected.

Eighty-five potential jurors from a pool of nearly 200 were summoned Monday for questioning.

Tensing is charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter in the 2015 death of Sam DuBose. Defense attorney Stewart Mathews says the Ray Tensing case is about the facts, not the color of skin. He emphasizes the now-fired officer is presumed innocent.