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CINCINNATI (AP) — Here are the latest developments in the investigation of the July 19 fatal shooting of a motorist after a traffic stop by a University of Cincinnati police officer (all times local):

1 p.m.

A University of Cincinnati police officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate has been indicted on murder charges.

Hamilton County’s prosecutor says Wednesday that the grand jury indicted Officer Ray Tensing on a charge of murder in the shooting of 43-year-old Samuel DuBose.

Prosecutor Joe Deters says Tensing “purposely killed him” and “should never have been a police officer.” Deters says he thinks Tensing lost his temper.

Tensing’s attorney had said he wouldn’t be surprised if his client were indicted given the political climate.

According to a police report, Tensing said he was dragged by the car and forced to shoot.

12:20 p.m.

Cincinnati city leaders are planning to hold a news conference after a county prosecutor discusses developments in his investigation of the fatal shooting of a motorist by a University of Cincinnati police officer.

A city spokesman says Mayor John Cranley, City Manager Harry Black and city Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell will comment at City Hall at 2 p.m. Wednesday after Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters’ (DEE’-turs) news conference.

Motorist Samuel DuBose died July 19 after he was pulled over for a missing front license plate. Officer Ray Tensing has said he was dragged by DuBose’s car and forced to shoot him.

The University of Cincinnati says it is closing its main campus in anticipation of grand jury action in the case. Tensing’s lawyer says he thinks an indictment is likely.

Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell stands outside after leaving funeral services for Samuel Dubose at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Dubose was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him for a missing license plate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell stands outside after leaving funeral services for Samuel Dubose at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Dubose was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him for a missing license plate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

11:50 a.m.

The attorney for a University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot a man he stopped for a missing front license plate says he expects it is likely his client may be indicted.

Officer Ray Tensing’s attorney said Wednesday that he thinks a grand jury indictment is likely “given the political climate” and comments by city officials. But attorney Stewart Mathews says given the evidence he’s seen, he doesn’t believe there should be an indictment.

Hamilton County’s prosecutor plans to discuss the investigation of 43-year-old Samuel DuBose’s death Wednesday.

DuBose’s July 19 death came amid months of national scrutiny of police dealings with African-Americans, especially those killed by officers. DuBose was black; the officer is white. Authorities haven’t indicated whether race is a part of the investigation.

11:35 a.m.

A prosecutor’s office now says a University of Cincinnati officer’s body-camera video of the fatal traffic stop of a motorist will be released Wednesday, not Thursday.

The office of Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters (DEE’-turs) said earlier Wednesday morning that the video related to the officer’s July 19 shooting of 43-year-old Samuel DuBose would be released Thursday. Less than an hour later, prosecutor’s spokeswoman Julie Wilson said in an email that it would be released Wednesday. There was no immediate explanation for the change in plans.

News organizations including The Associated Press had sued Deters seeking its release under Ohio open records law. DuBose’s family had also been pushing for its release.

Deters had refused to release body-cam footage until his investigation was completed. He plans to discuss the investigation Wednesday afternoon.

Mourner Bill Smith wears a shirt bearing the likeness of Samuel DuBose as he waits on line outside funeral services for Dubose at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Dubose was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him for a missing license plate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Mourner Bill Smith wears a shirt bearing the likeness of Samuel DuBose as he waits on line outside funeral services for Dubose at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Dubose was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him for a missing license plate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

11:10 a.m.

A prosecutor’s office says a University of Cincinnati officer’s body-camera video of the fatal traffic stop of a motorist will be released Thursday.

The office of Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters (DEE’-turs) said Wednesday that the video related to the officer’s July 19 shooting of 43-year-old Samuel DuBose will be released.

News organizations including The Associated Press had sued Deters seeking its release under Ohio open records law. DuBose’s family had also been pushing for its release.

Deters had refused to release body-cam footage until his investigation was completed. He plans to discuss the investigation Wednesday afternoon.

11 a.m.

A prosecutor plans to discuss developments in the investigation of the fatal shooting of a motorist pulled over by a University of Cincinnati police officer for having a missing front license plate.

A spokeswoman for Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters (DEE’-turs) declined to comment further before the 1 p.m. news conference. The University of Cincinnati says it is closing its main campus in anticipation of grand jury action in the case.

UC President Santa Ono and Mayor John Cranley were among those paying respects Tuesday at funeral services for 43-year-old Samuel DuBose.

DuBose’s July 19 death came amid months of national scrutiny of police dealings with African-Americans, especially those killed by officers. DuBose was black; officer Ray Tensing is white.

Authorities haven’t indicated whether race is part of their investigation.

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1 COMMENT

  1. I think our police officers will just stop making any arrests cause there are no laws and citizens don’t have to obey a police officers. Let the crack heads try to keep our streets safe and put their lives on the line.

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