Applause as $1M Bond Set for Cop Charged With Murder

Judge admonishes courtroom to settle down during Ray Tensing arraignment
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2015 10:22 AM CDT
Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing appears at Hamilton County Courthouse today in Cincinnati for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

(Newser) – 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.)

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