CINCINNATI — The estate of a motorist who was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati policeman after a traffic stop will be managed by the driver's 18-year-old daughter, who was appointed to that role by a judge last week.
The decision would allow the parties to proceed with a possible claim and settlement over the July 19 shooting of Samuel DuBose, The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1SMuOxK) reported. The estate was opened in court to pursue a wrongful death claim, though none has been filed. An attorney for the university has indicated it would seek to settle such a claim, according to the newspaper.
DuBose's mother and father had separately applied to oversee the estate; instead, that role will be filled by one of his 11 children.
"We will be discussing this matter shortly," said Attorney Michael Wright, who represented the mother, Audrey DuBose, when asked when settlement talks with the school might begin.
The university fired the officer, Ray Tensing, after he was indicted. He has pleaded not guilty to murder and voluntary manslaughter charges and was released under $1 million bond.
Tensing had pulled over DuBose for a missing front license plate. Tensing's attorney has said the officer feared being dragged under the car as DuBose tried to drive away.
Tensing is white and DuBose was black, but authorities haven't focused on race as a factor.
A different Hamilton County judge put off scheduling a trial for Tensing to allow more time for evidence-gathering and experts' reports.
Tensing's attorney has requested the trial be moved to a different county, arguing he can't get a fair trial in Cincinnati because of extensive pretrial publicity and allegedly prejudicial comments made by the prosecutor and city officials.
Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com