A plea of "not guilty" in Ohio's Hamilton County Courthouse went routinely this morning for ex-University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing, charged in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Cincinnati.com reports. But when Judge Megan Shanahan set Tensing's bond at $1 million, the courtroom burst out in applause and set off Shanahan. "This is a courtroom," she scolded clapping spectators, per Reuters. "You will conduct yourself at all times appropriately."
Tensing, who was fired from the university once his indictment was announced, spent last night in jail, the AP reports. He had worked for the college for more than a year and had a degree in criminal justice from the school. The 25-year-old's lawyer insists his client, who could face life in prison if convicted, feared for his life and didn't mean to kill DuBose, per the news agency. Tensing's next court date has been set for Aug. 19. (The video that shows DuBose's killing doesn't sync with the official police report.)