Former University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing posted bond Thursday evening, USA Today reports. Tensing, 25, was arrested Wednesday and charged with murder in the shooting death of Samuel DuBose, 43.
Tensing is accused of shooting DuBose point blank in the head during a minor traffic stop near the university’s campus on July 19.
He initially told investigators he was dragged by DuBose’s car when he fired the fatal shot in self defense.
Applause broke out in a Hamilton County courtroom when Judge Megan Shanahan set Tensing’s bond at $1 million. The judge immediately called for order in her court.
“This is a courtroom,” she said.
Tensing was placed on suicide watch while in jail. Guards checked on him every 10 minutes. He pleaded not guilty during his bond hearing.
Tensing’s attorney said sympathetic supporters helped raise his 10% bond ($100,000).
“Ever since the bond was set, I’ve received calls from around the country from people wanting to contribute to it,“, attorney Stew Mathews said. “I think people feel like he’s getting railroaded here in Cincinnati. You’d have to be blind not to see that.”
Tensing, the son of a firefighter, reportedly lasted one day on the job as a Ohio state trooper.
DuBose is number 637 on the list of Americans killed by police since January 1.
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