CINCINNATI — After learning that the jury in Ray Tensing’s murder trial was not close to a verdict Wednesday, Judge Megan Shanahan sequestered them overnight. Deliberations resumed at Thursday around 8:45 a.m., and a verdict could very well follow.
The jury deliberated about four hours Wednesday. It got the case just before noon following closing arguments.
Shanahan had ordered jurors to bring an overnight bag to the courthouse Wednesday morning just in case.
Remembering the riots that followed a police shooting here in 2001 and more recent instances in other cities, officials have opened the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Regional Emergency Operations Center, signaling the city is preparing for whatever follows the verdict. It is typically used for emergencies and natural disasters.
There have been small, peaceful demonstrations outside the courthouse each day since jury selection began two weeks ago. They usually involved fewer than a dozen people.