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Prosecutor's desire to move police shooting trial is unusual

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By DAN SEWELL
Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio prosecutor's widely expected decision to retry a white former police officer on a murder charge in the traffic-stop shooting of a black man came with the surprise that he wants to move the next trial out of the Cincinnati area.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced plans for the request as he said he would try fired University of Cincinnati police Officer Ray Tensing on the same charges that jurors deadlocked on before a judge declared a Nov. 12 mistrial.

He says he wants jurors away from intense local attention to the case.

Legal experts say it's very rare for a prosecutor to ask for a change of venue, usually sought by defense attorneys who think their clients can't get a fair trial because of prejudicial publicity.

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