Tensing "wasn't a racist", said Mathews, adding he will present video of other Tensing traffic stops of black drivers, showing the officer to be professional and polite.
Defense attorney Stewart Mathews says that Tensing's arm was stuck inside the vehicle and that he feared for his life as DuBose tried to drive away.
Judge Leslie Ghiz expects the prosecution will call UC police officers Lt. Tim Barge, Philip Kidd and David Lindenschmidt, and a civilian witness. Ray Tensing, center, listens to the opening statement by his defense attorney Stewart Mathews during his retrial Thursday, June 8, 2017, at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati.
Attorneys will continue questioning potential jurors for a third day on Tuesday in the Ray Tensing case.
CINCINNATI A prosecutor has told OH jurors that evidence will show that the 2015 police shooting of a black unarmed motorist was clearly murder, while the defense attorney says the white officer shot to "stop the threat".
"This all happened so quickly that instinctively Ray Tensing did the only thing he could do to save his own life", Mathews added. A jury last November was unable to reach a verdict on either charge.
There were six white men, four white women and two black women on that jury.
DeGraffenreid gave a terse 10-minute opening to the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court jury of nine whites and three blacks that was seated Wednesday.