CINCINNATI — One juror has dropped out of the Ray Tensing murder trial, Judge Megan Shanahan announced in court Monday morning.
Juror alternate No. 4, a white female, removed herself from service due to safety and privacy concerns brought up by jurors Friday. Read more on that here.
Juror questionnaires were originally requested by the Cincinnati Enquirer. Shanahan agreed to release the completed questionnaires with identifying information redacted. After announcing this agreement in court Friday morning, WCPO and WLWT requested the redacted documents.
Friday afternoon, the Cincinnati Enquirer withdrew its request for the questionnaires. WLWT followed. On Monday, Shanahan told the court that WCPO’s request was the only remaining request. She said she would not release the questionnaires.
“As a result of the media’s request, we lost a juror. Alternate juror No. 4 opted to remove herself from service,” she said. “I have decided to revoke my previous order. I will not release questionnaires, redacted or not.”
Through the Ohio Open Records Law, WCPO has requested the juror questionnaires completed by the men and women now serving on the jury in the Ray Tensing trial. These questionnaires were used by both the defense and the prosecution for the jury selection process. The court is considering making the redacted documents available pending any objection from the defense or prosecution.