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New Judge Selected In Ray Tensing Retrial

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Ray Tensing's lawyer, Stew Mathews, speaks to his client during jury selection in the courtroom of Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan in the Hamilton County Courthouse.

CINCINNATI (AP) - Another new judge has been assigned to the second trial of a white former University of Cincinnati police officer in the slaying of a black motorist. The first trial judge and two successors disqualified themselves.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Leslie Ghiz was named Tuesday to preside over the retrial of Ray Tensing on murder and voluntary manslaughter charges in the July 2015 shooting of Sam DuBose.

The judge in the first trial, Megan Shanahan, said the retrial should be conducted with "a blank slate." She declared a mistrial Nov. 12 because of a hung jury. Before removing herself, Shanahan rejected a defense motion to acquit Tensing after the Nov. 12 mistrial.

The case was randomly assigned to Judge Tom Heekin, who recused himself Tuesday because he once represented one of DuBose's children. It was then assigned to Judge Beth Myers, who will start a new job in January.